Capilla de Piedra Loses Millions of Pesos
By Jesús Aguado
The criminal complaint for harmfulness that the local administration filed against Capilla de Piedra concluded in the signing of an agreement. With it, the developers agreed not to build 50 of 80 proposed apartments with a value of five million pesos each. Moreover, any construction from now on will have no more than three stories.
Mayor Ricardo Villarreal advised that to guarantee that the developers would pay a certain amount within the next eight months to fulfill the agreements. He did not know the figure at the time of the interview. He also assured that the local administration does not have to pay the company for damage claims.
The criminal complaint filed against the developers was registered with the number 1354/salasegunda/2016. It was canceled once the agreement was signed; however, if the developers do not meet the agreements, the local administration could reopen the complaint. A press release submitted by the Public Relations Department of the City Hall assured that the opinions of the association of architects, the association of engineers, universities, and the Observatorio Ciudadano (citizens group) were taken into account.
On October 9, 2015, during the last day of Mauricio Trejo’s administration, the city council granted a permit for construction to the company to develop 80 apartments. On August 2, this year, the company agreed with the local government not to build 50 of those apartments. The loss to the company for not constructing them is close to 300 million pesos. They also agreed not to develop buildings higher than three stories.
Additionally the developers also made the commitment to place cantera on the frames of doors and windows as well as on the cornices. They will build higher stone facades to diminish the visual impact of the buildings facing the Jardín. The flora must be high and primarily native plants. The developers also made the commitment to construct the ecological park on the Atascadero stream (with the required authorizations of the local, state, and federal offices). Capilla de Piedra has a deadline of eight months to reduce the impact caused.