Investor wants to return blighted CNMI mall into medical facility

9:49 am on 14 November 2017
Soon to be renovated delapidated mall in the CNMI

Soon to be renovated delapidated mall in the CNMI Photo: RNZI/Mark Rabago

Part of a once-thriving mall in the Northern Marianas could be restored as a medical facility.

A California-based investor has expressed interest in giving the blighted property a makeover.

The La Fiesta Mall has been sitting idle for the last decade despite the government paying $US200,000 a year for its lease.

It used to be operated by Japan Airlines and was once a shopping mecca for tourists and locals alike visiting the north of Saipan.

Under the proposal, the company plans to turn the section called Fiesta II into a medical facility complete with an urgent care section, an ambulatory surgery center and a medical spa.

In addition it will include a fitness center, farmer's market, and demonstration kitchen.

Other sections of the mall may be used education, retail shopping, housing and community facilities.