San Francisco, Calif. -- The Government of Guam (GovGuam) will receive a grant of $2.3 million for a project involving the old Department of Land Management's One Stop building and the Hagatna oceanfront property where it stands. The grant was announced today by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Source of the federal money is FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which was made available after the December 1997 Supertyphoon Paka disaster.
"Our aim is to help Guam eliminate its risk of future damage for this particular building, since it's in a high-hazard zone for flooding and, therefore, very vulnerable," said William Carwile, director of FEMA's Pacific Area Office in Honolulu.
The grant compensates GovGuam for the value of the land and the building, demolition, and one-time relocation costs. As a condition of the grant, GovGuam is required to "deed restrict" the land as open space in perpetuity.
The cost of the One Stop project is approximately $2.6 million, of which more than $2.3 million (90 percent) is covered by the FEMA grant.
"With this funding, Guam will be able to safeguard both the people who work at One Stop and the important land records that are kept in the building," added Carwile.
To date, FEMA has disbursed nearly $116 million in disaster assistance to Guam after Paka. The types of help have included grants for temporary housing and home repair, individuals' and families' unmet needs, infrastructure repair and reconstruction, and mitigation.