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Asia Town Construction To Start This Year

Date Posted: 2004-03-25

Construction on a three-story Asiatown adjacent to the Okinawa Convention Center is set to begin later this year.

A city resort hotel will be at the heart of the multi-building complex. A 17,000 square foot facility, which will also host Okinawan, Japanese and Asian restaurants, souvenir shops and a parking garage, goes up first.

Ginowan City’s Environmental Office will oversee the building construction and administration, located just south of the Convention Center. An office spokesman says “we are wrapping up the paperwork, and by the end of the month we will be ready to sign. We aim to have an adult resort.”

In Asiatown, the basement will house both an awamori museum and a parking garage. Shopping and entertainment event areas will spread across the first floor, while the second is dedicated to shopping and 30-36 restaurants. At last seven retail stores and a salon will be in the shopping area. A banquet meeting hall will be on the third floor.

Officials say the event square on the first floor will have something going on every day. They say already they have applications for an Okinawa soba restaurant, as well as a Vietnamese café, a Filipino restaurant and more. Entrepreneurs from Tokyo and Yokohama are making inquiries as well.

The hotel is expected to have 300 rooms. Details are still being worked out on contracting the project with a major franchise.

The site was originally supposed to be a Duty Free Shop constructed by another developer. It failed, so this year Ginowan City’s Asembly granted Ginowan City Environment the project license.

The Ginowan City Environment project is expected to be complete by 2006.

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