The Verticalization of San Pedro Garza García

 
The verticalization of San Pedro Garza García

The verticalization of San Pedro Garza García

San Pedro Garza García high-rise apartment

San Pedro Garza García high-rise apartment

 In San Pedro Garza García, verticalization is all the rage. This southwestern suburb of Monterrey, one of the most affluent municipalities in Mexico, is a highly desirable place to live and do business. While not all sampetrinos (residents of San Pedro) may be familiar with the term “verticalization”, the frenzied pace of high-rise construction is obvious to all.

Known by its full name or alternately as San Pedro or Garza García, the municipality had its first real growth spurt in the 1950’s and 60’s, gobbling up countryside and farmland the way a teenage athlete consumes carbs. In the original development, Colonia del Valle, roomy American-style houses built to accommodate large families were set back on large lots with inviting yards. By 1980, Monterrey was in the throes of severe water shortages, formerly lush lawns were wilting, and the birthrate was falling dramatically.

San Pedro high-rise construction

San Pedro high-rise construction

Today, many of the original homes in the early center of Colonia del Valle have been remodeled into commercial properties. Other were razed and replaced with multi-storied residential or commercial buildings. New construction continues to burst outward and, these days, upward.

Last year, retired businesswoman and sampetrina Teresa moved with her husband and daughter to the apartment seen in the photo above, located in Valle Oriente. The fourth and final tower in their complex is under construction and will top out at 34 stories.   

“Making the decision to move to an apartment wasn’t easy,” Teresa says. “You gain some things but lose others. Now that I’m in the apartment, I’m more relaxed, more comfortable and secure since the building has cameras, controlled entries and a gated two-story parking garage. We pay a monthly fee that covers use of the gym, pool, a meeting room, professional landscaping, security and maintenance of common areas. Without a doubt, it was a good decision for me and for my family.”

The Arboleda in San Pedro

The Arboleda in San Pedro

At 26 acres, the Arboleda, slated to open in 2014 is the largest project yet. The mixed use community was designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli. The architectural firm’s portfolio boasts projects around the globe, including the World Financial Center in New York and the 88-story Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia. The Arboleda will have 3 towers, the tallest with 40 floors, plus 35 small-scale urban villas, shops, restaurants, a hotel and a cultural center.

 Traditionally, Mexicans describe places referring to the colonias, or neighborhoods, where they are located. No wonder that these days sampetrinos increasingly refer to zonas, zones, which cover much larger areas. The Arboleda is located in the Valle Zone. Teresa lives in the Valle Oriente Zone in eastern San Pedro. In Valle Poniente, where growth marches westward, the new American Consulate is scheduled to open this fall. The massive compound for over 200 employees abuts the rolling grounds of the American School of Monterrey. Valle Poniente actually covers parts of San Pedro and neighboring Santa Catarina.

The upward march of apartment living isn’t limited to San Pedro. Garza Sada 1892 is a hip complex located near the Tec University campus. Be sure to check out the video on the Garza Sada 1892 link. The apartments and twenty-something residents look like they could easily be in New York City.     

Mexicans have a saying, “When the United States sneezes, Mexico gets pneumonia.” Conversely, when things are going well in the States, the same tends to happen in Mexico. As the U.S. slowly pulls out of prolonged recession, San Pedro’s and Monterrey’s booming construction is bulking up faster than a body builder in training.

 

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