Demolition work has begun on more than 100 old military housing units along Route 3.
Called Royal Palms, the area is within South Finegayan, which falls under the purview of the Department of the Navy. Officials were not available for comment yesterday.
However, a March 2016 bulletin from the Guam Contractors Association indicated that the demolition of 116 housing units was part of phase 2 construction work at South Finegayan, part of the Naval Base Guam housing plan.
South Finegayan was originally part of the Marine Corps main base and housing site identified in the 2010 Final Environmental Impact Statement, but the housing site was changed to the existing housing section within Andersen Air Force Base and the operational base site was changed to just the Finegayan area in order to reduce the overall acreage impact of the military buildup.
According to the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, the total acreage usage of the preferred cantonment and housing sites would total to around 1,750 acres of existing military property. The 2010 impact statement had this usage at around 2,580 acres.
The military buildup, driven by the planned relocation of around 5,000 Marines and their dependents from Okinawa, Japan, is anticipated to begin around 2021. As of the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, Congress had approved up to $8.7 billion to support the relocation. About $3 billion is being committed to the relocation by Japan.
Another $249 million had been dedicated to military projects in Guam in the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.