American Institute in Taiwan to spend US$37 million on staff housing

Building to be erected close to Taipei American School

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The new AIT offices in Taipei's Neihu District.

The new AIT offices in Taipei's Neihu District. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) will spend NT$1.16 billion (US$37.7 million) on housing for its staff in the Tianmu area of Taipei City, the Apple Daily reported Thursday.

AIT, the representative office of the United States in the absence of formal diplomatic relations, dedicated its new offices in the Neihu District of the Taiwanese capital last June.

The Apple Daily quoted AIT’s Public Diplomacy Section Chief Jesse Curtis as saying a contract had been signed with a developer Wednesday to build a housing complex for staff. The deal once again showed the U.S. was serious about its promises to Taiwan, the newspaper quoted Curtis.

The 1,000-square-meter plot of land was situated close to the Taipei American School, and the facility will eventually house 12 families on 3,664 square meters, reports said. It was believed to be the first time AIT bought housing instead of just renting.

Tianmu, an area in the Shilin District, was once the focal point of the foreign community in Taiwan.