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Upper San Miguel Continues to Grow

Primera piedra de la secundaria

Colocación de primera piedra

By Jesús Aguado

In the northeast section of San Miguel de Allende, there are three universities and two preparatory schools. In addition, the general hospital and the state and municipal facilities have been relocated to this area. A hospital for persons with disabilities is also under construction here, and close by, a development with five thousand houses is being planned.

It is not hard to see how this area has changed in the last couple of years: an industrial park was constructed on the road to Querétaro. In upper San Miguel, the Paseo de los Conspiradores was reconstructed. This month, the first stage (of two) of No me Olvides Boulevard was inaugurated, and the second phase began. This public works project connects the road to Alcocer with the road to Querétaro. Finally, adjacent to those roads is San Miguel’s new airfield, slated to be turned into an international airport. The project has not yet taken off, but according to Mayor Villarreal, his administration will try its best to start operations soon.

The zone’s infrastructure keeps growing: Avenida las Américas—in the Ignacio Ramírez neighborhood—has been entirely paved. It now can divert traffic to Calle del Bordo, which connects with the road to Dr. Mora, passing by the Accoustic Shell, the Bicentennial Park, and the Comisión Municipal del Deporte (Municipal Sports Department) facilities. Adjacent to the Tuesday Market, the sub-delegation of the Red Cross—scheduled for opening on March 2—is under construction and will attend to emergencies in that part of town. This is also where the planned neighborhood of Lomas de San Miguel is to be located. It will be the most populated neighborhood in San Miguel once it is built, with 5,000 residences for locals with low incomes and an estimated 25,000 inhabitants planned, as well as public spaces, plazas, and shopping centers.

The local government has appointed the upper area as an “educational cluster” since the universities were constructed there and especially since October, 2017, when the City Council donated two hectares to the Secretariat of Public Education for the construction of a kindergarten, a primary school, and a secondary school. This month, Governor Miguel Márquez and Mayor Ricardo Villarreal placed the first stone for a new secondary school that will provide service for 100 students in three classrooms. In addition, a preparatory-level Centro de Estudios Tecnológicos en Aguas Continentales school (Center for Technological Studies in Continental Waters), also known as CETAC, will be constructed next door in the months to come, serving up to 1,000 students.

The idea of having more educational centers in that zone, Villarreal has said, is to give schools the chance to use the government facilities like the new Concha Acústica performing arts venue, the Bicentennial Park, the COMUDE building, and the fairgrounds.



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