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Alberto Cervantes

Tránsito en Glorieta el Pípila, imagen ilustratrativa

Tránsito en Glorieta el Pípila

By Jesús Aguado

Of Traffic Lights and Affordable Housing

The local administration recently announced that the construction of Lomas de San Miguel, to be the biggest and most populated neighborhood in town, will begin this summer, but with fewer houses than originally advertised.

The project was to originally feature 5,000 homes, but according to Alberto Cervantes, director of San Miguel de Allende’s Instituto Municipal de Vivienda (Municipal Institute of Housing), known as IMUVI, the project has seen many changes since its conception and will now only have 3,500 homes.

The buildings will be either single-family homes or three-story condos. After the federal financing, the single-family houses could be bought for 200,000 pesos, but prices for the other types of buildings are still under discussion.

Cervantes also said that the construction will begin in June this year. Since the land where the houses will be built is currently uneven, the development’s first stage will be in the upper area, and from there, the next stages of development will proceed downward. The order of operations will give developers time to perform other needed preparatory work close to the road to Los Rodríguez, he said. All 3,500 homes are expected to be finished by the end of 2021, he said.

Currently, 8,500 requests have been made to IMUVI to buy a Lomas de San Miguel home. Despite that figure being way over the 3,500 available slots, Cervantes encouraged more requests, saying that there will be several filters in place to ensure that homes only go to residents of San Miguel without other properties. The homes are meant to be affordable housing for residents with lower incomes. To qualify, applicants must prove that they earn at least 210 pesos per day.

Traffic lights in the city?

The local government is working hard to make possible an underpass at the current El Pípila roundabout, the source of many traffic headaches and some deadly crashes ever since it opened in 2002.

Miguel Alceda, the city’s mobility director, recently told Atención that the project presented by resident Ivar Schacke to the local government to build an underground plaza for pedestrians is not possible. The state government has already approved an executive project submitted by the local government that features an underpass.

However both Schacke’s proposal and the one approved by the state government do have one feature in common—traffic lights. According to Alceda, the government’s executive project also calls for traffic lights to be installed.

SIDEBAR

Errata

On March 15, Atención published some information in error in its article on revamping the El Pípila roundabout (see “New Construction Project Proposed for the El Pípila Traffic Circle”). The article is based partly on the proposal and related plans for El Pípila developed by Observatorio Ciudadano de San Miguel de Allende, AC, and partly on an interview by Jesús Aguado of Sara Hernandez and Ivar Schacke.

After the article’s publication, Mr Schacke submitted the following corrections about the proposed project, which are reprinted below:

I have two comments of inaccuracies in the Atención article:

1) It is stated in the Atención article that Observatorio accepts the proposal by mayor Villarreal for a bridge crossing the Libramiento. The crossing suggested by Villarreal was not a bridge, but an underpass. That suggestion was actually the reason I wrote the article, which describes a solution which I believe will better solve the traffic problem of Pipila. Observatorio, therefore does not support the solution proposed by Villarreal.

2) In the end of the Atención article it states that traffic lights are to be installed at the traffic circle. The proposal does not suggest a traffic circle but actually four intersections regulated by four interrelated traffic lights.

 

Atención regrets any erroneous information in last week’s article.

City news

By Jesús Aguado

Of Traffic Lights and Affordable Housing

The local administration recently announced that the construction of Lomas de San Miguel, to be the biggest and most populated neighborhood in town, will begin this summer, but with fewer houses than originally advertised.

The project was to originally feature 5,000 homes, but according to Alberto Cervantes, director of San Miguel de Allende’s Instituto Municipal de Vivienda (Municipal Institute of Housing), known as IMUVI, the project has seen many changes since its conception and will now only have 3,500 homes.

The buildings will be either single-family homes or three-story condos. After the federal financing, the single-family houses could be bought for 200,000 pesos, but prices for the other types of buildings are still under discussion.

Cervantes also said that the construction will begin in June this year. Since the land where the houses will be built is currently uneven, the development’s first stage will be in the upper area, and from there, the next stages of development will proceed downward. The order of operations will give developers time to perform other needed preparatory work close to the road to Los Rodríguez, he said. All 3,500 homes are expected to be finished by the end of 2021, he said.

Currently, 8,500 requests have been made to IMUVI to buy a Lomas de San Miguel home. Despite that figure being way over the 3,500 available slots, Cervantes encouraged more requests, saying that there will be several filters in place to ensure that homes only go to residents of San Miguel without other properties. The homes are meant to be affordable housing for residents with lower incomes. To qualify, applicants must prove that they earn at least 210 pesos per day.

Traffic lights in the city?

The local government is working hard to make possible an underpass at the current El Pípila roundabout, the source of many traffic headaches and some deadly crashes ever since it opened in 2002.

Miguel Alceda, the city’s mobility director, recently told Atención that the project presented by resident Ivar Schacke to the local government to build an underground plaza for pedestrians is not possible. The state government has already approved an executive project submitted by the local government that features an underpass.

However both Schacke’s proposal and the one approved by the state government do have one feature in common—traffic lights. According to Alceda, the government’s executive project also calls for traffic lights to be installed.

SIDEBAR

Errata

On March 15, Atención published some information in error in its article on revamping the El Pípila roundabout (see “New Construction Project Proposed for the El Pípila Traffic Circle”). The article is based partly on the proposal and related plans for El Pípila developed by Observatorio Ciudadano de San Miguel de Allende, AC, and partly on an interview by Jesús Aguado of Sara Hernandez and Ivar Schacke.

After the article’s publication, Mr Schacke submitted the following corrections about the proposed project, which are reprinted below:

I have two comments of inaccuracies in the Atención article:

1) It is stated in the Atención article that Observatorio accepts the proposal by mayor Villarreal for a bridge crossing the Libramiento. The crossing suggested by Villarreal was not a bridge, but an underpass. That suggestion was actually the reason I wrote the article, which describes a solution which I believe will better solve the traffic problem of Pipila. Observatorio, therefore does not support the solution proposed by Villarreal.

2) In the end of the Atención article it states that traffic lights are to be installed at the traffic circle. The proposal [MA1] does not suggest a traffic circle but actually four intersections regulated by four interrelated traffic lights.

Atención regrets any erroneous information in last week’s article.


[MA1]Because he is talking about two proposals – his own and Villarreal’s, it is not clear whether the proposal he’s referring to here means his proposal or Villarreal’s proposal. Any way we can find out?

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