Rycom name change approved by Kitanakagusuku village assembly

September 7, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

KITANAKAGUSUKU-The area surrounding Okinawa Rycom AEON Mall has been officially named “Aza Rycom” as of September 7. The area was formerly addressed as “Kitanakagusuku Awase Rezoning Project Grounds.” The Awase Rezoning Association invited the public to vote on a name, and the village assembly unanimously decided on the most voted “Aza Rycom.”

Most of Aza Rycom, where construction of high-rise condos is currently underway, used to be the grounds of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Awase Meadows Golf Course. According to the village office’s Citizen’s Affairs Division, some 200 households currently reside in the area. Kitanakagusuku estimates 2,700 residents will eventually inhabit the area, as outline in the rezoning plan.

Mayor Kunio Arakaki expects good things: “It seemed like a strange name at first, but ‘Rycom’ is growing on us. We mostly have multi-family residences at the moment, but we anticipate the area will bustle with more activity as single-family homes start to sprout.”

(English translation by T&CT and Monica Shingaki)

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