Capilla de Piedra: “Everybody’s Fault”
By Jesús Aguado
The vertical construction of Capilla de Piedra could have been prevented, and now society blames the government and vice versa. At this point, only 88 apartments of the 336 approved could be removed from the plans. At the same time, the National Institute of Anthropology and History states that the construction damages the views from the historic center as well as from the World Heritage Site area.
“With these buildings that are neither colonial nor horizontal and, if that is not enough, with five and six stories in some cases, Capilla de Piedra destroys the colonial and horizontal view of San Miguel de Allende,” commented Mayor Ricardo Villarreal about the topic.
But “the developers still need to build the window boxes and that will play down the current façade of the buildings,” commented former director of the Urban Development Department, Édgar Bautista. In a previous interview for Atención, Bautista assured that there is no impact with this construction and the height of the construction respects the regulations.
Former mayor Luz María Núñez Flores attributed all the responsibility that qualified as “capital” to the city council headed by Mauricio Trejo, advising Atención that the permits for the sale of Capilla de Piedra should have been granted at the end of the urbanization and construction of the development.”
“I am not running from any responsibility. During my administration there was a ratification of the land uses, and it was granted by the city council. It was already approved,” commented former mayor Mauricio Trejo.
Núñez Flores stated that during her administration, Eduardo Arias, who was the director of Urban Development, approved the change of path of the development from horizontal to vertical. That is why “Eduardo Arias ought to give an answer for that monstrosity that now we have,” remarked Núñez.
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