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    Tierra del Sol: ‘Five-star hotel at Arashi in 2013

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    Tierra del Sol: ‘Five-star hotel at Arashi in 2013’
    11 Maart, 2010, 08:01 (GMT -04:00)


    The terrain behind Arashi, where the five-star hotel of Tierra del Sol will be constructed.
    ORANJESTAD — Within another two years, Aruba will have a second five-star hotel with 250 rooms, says Tierra del Sol, who is currently negotiating with the government. The luxurious hotel will be constructed on the terrain of the golf course alongside Arashi.
    From the answers of Minister of Infrastructure, Environment and Integration, Benny Sevinger (AVP) on States-questions from AVP State-member Juan David Yrausquin earlier this week, it appeared that the long lease agreement for this terrain had expired.
    However, director of Tierra del Sol, Bas van den Nieuwenhuijzen states that they are still negotiating with the government on the terrain for the construction of the hotel. He is namely of the opinion that the golf resort is entitled to the parcel.
    In May 2007, this newspaper had already reported on the plans from Tierra del Sol to build a five-start hotel behind the Arashi beach.
    The country Aruba still owns the terrain measuring 100,000 square meters. Due to a clause in the long lease agreement concluded in 1994, the country is naturally obligated to transfer the terrain to Tierra del Sol. Van den Nieuwenhuijzen: “The parcel at Arashi had already belonged to the master plan of Tierra del Sol right from the beginning. However, there had been a difference of opinion with the Luidens heirs on that terrain, which is why it had not been granted to Tierra del Sol at the time. Nevertheless, it had been agreed upon at that time, that if the terrain became available, it would only be granted to us. The government has no choice in this matter.”
    Expanding the beach
    Van den Nieuwenhuijzen says he is aware of the current discussion on the construction of new hotels on the island, access to public beaches by the local population and the pressure on the environment. “I am very fond of this island and I also want to preserve this for the future of my children. Nevertheless, I still believe that the island’s economy will benefit from the construction of a five-star hotel.”
    First of all, a difference is made regarding the size of the terrain, according to him. “The island will receive the same number of rooms spread over a larger terrain, which will reduce the impact.” The guests will also use the Arashi-beach, but Van den Nieuwenhuijzen emphasizes that it will remain accessible for the public whatever the cost. “We actually want to expand the beach up to about 800 meters lengthwise so that everyone can continue to use it, and camp there every year, just like they do now.” The director of Tierra del Sol indicates that the government is cooperating, but is also critically viewing the project critically. “They strongly urge to keep the beach open for the public and to consider the impact on flora and fauna. If we do not comply with this, then it’s over and done with as far as they are concerned.”
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    Given the furor over the Ritz Calrton, it seems like a really bad time to make the announcement.

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    that's crazy. how many hotels can a small island take?

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    That was my thoughts exactly.... why on earth would they
    announce this when it sounds like they haven't even gotten
    the land and all the furor going on with the Ritz?

    Today's headlines in the dutch amigoe is roughly translated
    to say "The government says no hotel in Arashi" - It's a subscriber
    article so I can't read it

    Their initial plan was to only have a pool near Arashi
    and with all that is being said with the gov't looking
    at 'options' and their original purpose, expiration dates
    and trying to change the purpose of the land for their
    options, not a great time to do this.

    Here is their master plan which says nothing about a hotel -
    just a pool with houses around it:

    http://www.tierradelsol.com/realesta...erplan_big.jpg
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    Arrow Not so fast I guess

    "Government: ‘Arashi-beach not for five-star hotel’
    12 Maart, 2010, 12:16 (GMT -04:00)

    http://www.amigoe.com/artman/publish/artikel_69857.php

    ORANJESTAD — The Aruban government does not intend to give the Arashi-beach to the planned five-star hotel of Tierra del Sol. The construction of the hotel itself is still a point of discussion.

    During a town hall meeting yesterday evening in Centro di Bario Noord, both Premier Mike Eman (AVP) and Minister Benny Sevinger (AVP) of Infrastructure, Environment and Integration (AVP) announced that they did not fancy the construction of a new five-start hotel. Eman stated that the management of Tierra del Sol wants to go ahead with the project to solve their current financial problems, but it was Minister Sevinger who had especially lashed out. “They had approached me for an appointment, and told me they had obtained a permit from the previous government for the construction of a hotel. They inquired after the possibility to make use of the beach. My answer had been, just like with Ritz Carlton, that we do not approve of more hotels and condominiums”, says Sevinger, “but if you already have a permit from the previous government, then we –in any case- will not give you the beach. More than that, if you already have a permit for the hotel and we are to approve the construction plans, then you must create your beach within your terrain, otherwise your construction plans will not be approved either.”

    In the presence of the Amigoe, Minister Sevinger declared he did not know what the previous government had promised Tierra del Sol. He states he is not aware of an agreement concluded with Tierra del Sol in 1994 that the parcel directly behind the Arashi-beach is supposedly granted to Tierra del Sol as soon as this became available

    However, director Bas van Nieuwenhuijzen of Tierra del Sol informed this newspaper yesterday “the government has no choice in this matter”.

    The director also indicated yesterday, they were negotiating with the government on the long lease agreement, which for that matter has expired. In a reaction, Minister Sevinger states, “I do not recall if it had been Mr. Nieuwenhuijzen who had come to present the plans.”

    As a result of yesterday’s article in the Amigoe, AVP State-member Juan David Yrausquin presented Minister Sevinger with a series of questions. He wants to know whether the Minister or one of his departments is indeed currently negotiating with Tierra del Sol, as indicated by director Van Nieuwenhuijzen. He also wants to see the long lease agreement signed by former minister of Infrastructure, Marisol Lopez-Tromp (MEP) and the letter of intent. He further wants to see the long lease contract from 1994, which supposedly indicates that the government has no choice with the purchase of the terrain from the Luidens-family.

    Other zoning plan
    AVP State-member Juan David Yrausquin passed on a document to the media, in which the former minister of Infrastructure, Marisol Lopez-Tromp (MEP) agreed with Tierra del Sol on a change of zoning plan regarding the terrain at Arashi. In the letter dated December 15th, 2006, she gives permission for a ‘luxurious (five-star) mix-use resort and casino of maximal 400 keys and a luxurious residential area consisting of fifty detached parcels and villas. In a reaction, Lopez-Tromp confirms that the change had been implemented upon request of Tierra del Sol. “In 2006, there had been another situation in the tourism sector where we also had to contemplate other considerations. The change was also bound to several conditions, amongst which a demonstrable bank guarantee to be met within a certain time span. When these conditions had not been met within the agreed upon time span, that change of zoning plan had also expired, according to Lopez-Tromp.

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    Hoping to hear that's the last of that issue!!!

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    " ‘Government no other choice than to change zoning plan’
    13 Maart, 2010, 08:21 (GMT -04:00)
    http://www.amigoe.com/artman/publish/artikel_69904.php

    ORANJESTAD — One of the subjects discussed during the conversations between Tierra del Sol and the Aruban government at the end of last year regarded the current zoning plan for the terrain where Tierra del Sol wants to build a five-star hotel and casino.

    This terrain is currently allocated for long lease, not for hotels. In 2006, former minister Lopez-Tromp had the Department of Infrastructure and Planning (CIP) change this allocation for the construction of a five-star hotel and casino as well as fifty parcels and villas. However, that change was bound to several conditions. One of the conditions regarded the submission of a bank guarantee. In an interview with the Amigoe yesterday, Lopez-Tromp stated that one had not complied with the conditions. Therefore, the terrain was allocated for long lease again. “A bank guarantee was the least of the problems”, say Bas van den Nieuwenhuijzen, director of Tierra del Sol. “We would also have complied with the completion bond for the hotel. At a certain stage, we were about to sign a contract with a hotel operator for the construction of the hotel. In order to reach that stage, one must already possess a thing or two regarding contracts.” However, at the last moment, the hotel operator, whose name Van den Nieuwenhuijzen does not wish to mention, cancelled the signing of that contract when it appeared that the government had previously changed the conditions of the long lease agreement without any warning. “That had cost us a substantial amount of money”, says the director of Tierra del Sol.

    After this unexpected setback had taken the wind out of our sails regarding this project, the long lease agreement and allocation change had expired. Van den Nieuwenhuijzen is of the opinion that the current government has no other choice than to change the zoning plan for this terrain once again. “The terrain in question belongs to Tierra del Sol. The master plan had already indicated the allocation of the terrain for a hotel in 1992. That had also been the same argument, as presented to the former minister.” For this reason, Van den Nieuwenhuijzen does not consider it necessary to take this matter to court. “That would only cost the taxpayer.”

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    During the town hall meeting in Noord last Thursday, Premier Mike Eman (AVP) indicated that Tierra del Sol was supposedly coping with financial problems, which explained their wish to proceed with the plan for a five-star hotel. “We are also inconvenienced by the current economical crisis, just like all hotels on the island. There is an overall lower occupation, which also affects us.

    However, we are definitely not on the brink of ruin”, says Van den Nieuwenhuijzen. “As a shareholder in Tierra del Sol, Van der Valk hotels are a large, sound company with as much as 86 hotels.” Nevertheless, the construction of a five-star hotel is of great importance for Tierra del Sol as top destination for golf lovers. “Our golf course is a considerable attraction for Aruba, as it is the most played on course in the Caribbean region. However, the upkeep of a golf course of 4½ stars with eighteen holes is a very costly business.” According to the director of Tierra del Sol, it will be difficult to compete with world-class golf if the hotel is not realized. “It has also been the intention that the five-star hotel would cover the upkeep costs of the golf course. That had also been one of the government’s conditions in 1992, when the Tierra del Sol project had started.” "

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    Quote Originally Posted by fattypatty View Post
    that's crazy. how many hotels can a small island take?

    I am thinking along those same lines.I'm all for SOME development and of course that means jobs(which is always a good thing).

    When is the government going to be able to say enough already??

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    Sounds like Arashi beach hotel is not an 'issue'

    My Summary:
    The developer is making claims that they had approval for the hotel but does not seem to be able to produce the documentation to back him up. If you look at any of the master plans for TDS - they had planned to have a 'beach club' with the drawings of a pool and lockers by the beach. Don't think they have much of a chance.

    Here is their master plan - http://www.tierradelsol.com/realesta...erplan_big.jpg

    Amigoe report
    Long lease deed Tierra del Sol does not mention any hotel
    19 Maart, 2010, 14:11 (GMT -04:00)

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    ORANJESTAD — The long lease deed of Tierra del Sol from 1994 does not mention any agreement between the project developer and the Aruban government for the assignment of a parcel at Arashi. The document, signed by notary Faride Tjon Ajong and dated August 25th, 1994, does not mention anything about the planned construction of a hotel.

    Amigoe succeeded in obtaining copies of amongst others, this document, which was distributed to parliamentarians in the States last Wednesday during the public meeting on the granting of terrains for the construction of hotels and condominiums. According to director Bas van den Nieuwenhuijzen of Tierra del Sol, the government has no other choice than that it sells a parcel behind the Arashi-beach to Tierra del Sol, based on an agreement from 1994. He indicated that the construction of a five-star hotel behind the Arashi-beach had already been planned in the original master plan of the golf resort and that the government had even indicated the construction of this hotel as a condition. The five-star hotel was to provide for the upkeep of the golf course.
    These statements had led to AVP State-member Juan David Yrausquin’s request to examine the long lease deed from 1994. During the meeting, several AVP State-members requested clarification on this matter from the Minister of Tourism, Labor and Transport, Otmar Oduber (AVP) and the Minister of Infrastructure, Environment and Integration, Benny Sevinger (AVP).
    Media hype
    Van den Nieuwenhuijzen contends an agreement had been made in 1994 on a terrain along the coast of Arashi. Many documents had been drawn up during the course of that year. That agreement truly exists and the documents are in our possession.” Amigoe reported last Wednesday that the chart of the master plan from 1999 does not indicate the construction of a five-star hotel at all. Van den Nieuwenhuijzen: “I was not involved with that.” The director of Tierra del Sol stated before this newspaper this morning that he does not wish to make any more statements on this matter. “The media hype has become too extensive as far as I’m concerned.”

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    New option request for five-star hotel at Arashi
    20 Maart, 2010, 08:24 (GMT -04:00)
    http://www.amigoe.com/artman/publish/artikel_70202.php

    ORANJESTAD — Project developer Kuai-Mare Development & Projects has submitted an option request for the construction of a five-star boutique hotel at Arashi. It regards a parcel of 13,637 square meters as expansion of the terrain measuring 5000 square meters, an ownership terrain that is already in the possession of the project developer.

    Minister Benny Sevinger (AVP) of Infrastructure, Environment, and Integration had distributed copies of the option request to the State-members last Wednesday during the public States-meeting on the granting of terrains for hotels and apartments. This, in response to the question from State-member Juan David Yrausquin whether there were other matters of importance regarding the area at Arashi, and regarding the latter’s question whether the government is currently negotiating with Tierra del Sol on the construction of a five-star hotel on their own terrain. The option request was dated approx. one week ago. On March 11th, lawyer Capi Hese submitted the request on behalf of the Spaniard Venancio Gonzales Gonzales residing in Venezuela. In October 2009, Gonzales apparently became the owner of the parcel, cadastral known as country Aruba Second Department Section A Number 3, for the sum of 4.7 million florins. The purpose of the purchase was to construct a ‘super luxurious optimal five-star Boutique Hotel & Spa’ of three floors consisting of 44 suites.

    Gonzales wants to use the additional 13,600 square meters for facilities such as tennis courts, a swimming pool, parking lot and access road. Only 987 square meters of that extra terrain would be used for the construction of the hotel itself. Gonzales wants to facilitate the access to the beach for the hotel guests by raising the overpass on the road from Arashi to the lighthouse – at his expense. The costs for the entire project are estimated at 25 million dollars. In the option request, the applicant indicates that his project ‘reflects the policy of the current government’ with regard to attracting more wealthy tourists and stimulating luxurious boutique hotels.

    Tierra del Sol
    Besides copies of this request, Minister Sevinger also distributed copies of amongst others, the long lease contract and long lease deed of Tierra de Sol. The golf resort at the most western point of the island also wants to construct a five-star hotel in the Arashi-area.
    Minister Sevinger apparently told Tierra del Sol that the government is not interested in more hotel rooms and wanted to keep the Arashi-beach open for the public.

    The Minister disposed of the proposition of Tierra del Sol director Bas van den Nieuwenhuijzen in this newspaper that the government ‘would have no other choice’ than to facilitate the construction of this hotel with additional terrain and a change of zoning plan, as a ‘publicity stunt’ to force negotiations with the government again on agreements that had expired in the meantime.

    As yet, the Amigoe has not received a response from Minister Sevinger regarding the option request of Kuai-Mare Development & Projects. Lawyer Hese is currently abroad and was not available for comment either.

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