International Exhibition Center to Open in July
By Jesús Aguado
The International Exhibition Center will be inaugurated on July 15 of this year. Construction of the Center, located on the road to Celaya, will bring development to the communities nearby.
The construction site is located at kilometer four of the road from San Miguel to Celaya, between the communities of Pantoja and Ejido de Don Diego, and next to the stream running from La Cantera to the Allende Dam. Its purpose is to diversify cultural tourism by attracting businesses and professional tourism.
Architect Roberto Burillo told Atención the CIESMA will cover 2,200 square meters on two hectares of land, and the nine-meter high building will offer space for the installation of 120 stands of nine square meters each for exhibitions. According to Burillo, the center will be versatile, providing a venue for not only artisanal exhibitions, but also weddings and possibly conferences (with a capacity for 2,500 people seated) and meetings for up to 4,000 attendees.
The center has an investment of more than 100 million pesos, 24 million of which come from the federal and local government. The construction respects the environment. It will also reforest the area with native flora and will have its own wastewater treatment plant.
For Atención, Jorge Guajardo commented that the infrastructure will make the city more appealing for business tourism. He said in addition that the events will be international and will feature some cultural and entertainment events that Sanmiguelenses previously had to go to León or Mexico City to enjoy. After the opening in the mid-term, restaurants and more buildings will be constructed, including parking lots to provide infrastructure; but most important, said Guajardo, is that “the residents of the nearby communities will have the opportunity to improve their economy with the employment that the project will bring.” “Everything,” said Guajardo, “is being constructed respecting the environment, including the Picachos and the Allende dam.”
The opening of this center could mark the reactivation of San Miguel del Lago, a development that that once included houses and an 18-hole golf course. The project was stopped in 1994 due to the economic crisis, and the land was sold at federal auction. A new project has been presented to the current owners, called Paisaje Habitable (habitable landscape), which would respect the environment now more than ever. Alternatively, attempts are also being made to have the area appointed as a Natural Protected Area along with Los Picachos Mountains and the Allende dam.