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Eleven millionaire pieces of land that were going to pass to the City remain in the hands of the Nation: what are they


It is by an agreement signed by both governments. They are properties that were going to be transferred to pay a debt for the Paseo del Bajo, but the agreement did not materialize.

The national and Buenos Aires governments signed an agreement this Wednesday for 11 million-dollar land that had been ceded in 2019 to the City of Buenos Aires and will finally remain in the orbit of the Nation.

The process for the recovery of the

86.7 hectares

had been initiated by

Alberto Fernández

, when he instructed the State Assets Administration Agency (AABE) in 2020 to initiate

legal proceedings against the administration of Horacio Rodríguez Larreta


This is one of the fronts opened by the current President against the management of the head of the Buenos Aires Government, in parallel to the discussion for the co-participation amounts.

The properties had been ceded during the presidency of Mauricio Macri to complete the payment of an international loan signed by the national government to

finance part of the construction of the Paseo del Bajo


The Nation transferred that debt to the City, but also the land for it to sell and pay for.

But that transfer never materialized, because the Nation, already with Alberto Fernández in the presidency, stopped the transfers to the City. 

By decree, Fernández instructed AABE in 2020 to review the assignment of 31 lands that were transferred at the end of Mauricio Macri's term, supposedly against the end of term rule, which prohibits the decapitalization of state assets during the last two quarters of each government.

The process began in 2016 with the decision of the then President Mauricio Macri to take out a loan of 400 million dollars with the Development Bank of the Andean Development Community (CAF) for the Nation to finance the Paseo del Bajo in the City of Buenos Aires. Aires.

Two years later, Macri decided to transfer ownership of eleven large buildings to the City whose ownership corresponded to the National State.

In 2019, the Buenos Aires Legislature had authorized the sale of the 86.7 hectares.

In 2000 Fernández repealed the power granted to the State Assets Administration Agency (AABE) to "give in payment real estate disaffected from use, declared unnecessary and/or useless" to cancel debts with the provinces or the City".

In the City they reported that "the GCBA assumed the payment of a public credit of 170 million dollars from the National State before the CAF in exchange for receiving a certain number of properties equivalent to that sum. When the agreement lost validity due to non-compliance by the State to transfer the committed properties, as a consequence of this the GCBA ceased to be obliged to pay the transferred public credit,

the debt returned to be in charge of the National State

and the Nation was ordered to receive back the properties already deeded in favor of of the GCBA". 

Alberto Fernández and Horacio Rodríguez Larreta.

This Wednesday, finally, the agreement to return the properties to the national sphere was signed by the Minister of Public Works of the Nation, Gabriel Katopodis;

by the president of AABE, Eduardo Albanese;

and by the Minister of Treasury and Finance of the City, Martín Mura.

The Ministry of the Interior and the Vice Chief of Staff also participated in the negotiations.

What are the lands of the City that returned to the sphere of the Nation? 

Eight of the properties are located in the Mugica neighborhood and its surroundings.

Within the neighborhoods are the locations of Av. Presidente Ramón Castillo and Calle S/N oficial;

Av. Dr. José María Ramos Mejía, Calle Carlos Perette and Calle S/N official;

Av. Dr. José María Ramos Mejía, official S/N;

and Calle 10 s/n oficial and Calle Carlos Perette.

There are also properties identified in the cadastre as Circ.

19, Sec. 15, Mz.

162 C, Plot 1 (part), 3, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, Mz 162 J, Plots 1 and 2, Mz.

162G, Mz.

162F and Mz.

162 D, Plot 2.

In the surroundings of Mugica, the agreement includes the following land: Av. Gendarmería Nacional Argentina, esq.

Av. Antártida Argentina, esq.

Carlos Perette;

Av. Argentine National Gendarmerie, esq.

Calle Prefectura Naval Argentina, esq.

Carlos Perette Street, esq.

Street s/n official;

and Av. Presidente Ramón Castillo and Calle 10.

The Mercado de Hacienda, demarcated by Directory avenue, Murgiondo street and Eva Perón and Lisandro de la Torre avenues, also returns to the hands of the Nation.

Finally, the agreement includes the properties on Jerónimo Salguero street between Au.

President Arturo Illia and down Salguero street;

the one on Avenida Corrientes between Av. Dorrego and Calle Humboldt (around Estación Villa Crespo).

The history of the Nation-City front for the land

In February 2000, before the outbreak of the pandemic, Alberto Fernández questioned the transfer of land from the Nation to the City by decree.

Specifically, he called to evaluate the procedure for the transfer of land for the construction of Paseo del Bajo and buildings and railway beaches in the last months of the Macri administration.

The starting point was the loan that Macri took out in 2016 with the Development Bank of the Andean Development Community (CAF), for 400 million dollars.

The purpose of that amount was the construction of the Paseo del Bajo.

In 2018, the City signed an agreement and assumed $175 million.

In return, he would receive real estate. 

Other properties that remained at the center of the Nation-City controversy refer to the signing of agreements for works on the San Martín and Miter viaducts, financed by the Nation.

The Buenos Aires authorities explained, at the beginning of the judicial process, that due to "budgetary difficulties" the zoning and sale of real estate was agreed to pay for the works.

Due to the crisis, a debt of the Nation with the City was generated, canceled with the transfer of the properties that had not been able to be auctioned.

The agreement was signed on November 13, 2019 and the deed on December 5 of that year, although Parque Patricios claimed that the sale had been authorized in April 2018.

According to the City, the transfer of railway yards originated in decrees and laws of 2012 and 2013. In July 2018, an agreement was signed to develop the projects.

And on November 8, 2019 -during the restriction of the end of mandate rule- a specific one was initialed for the beaches of Palermo and Caballito.

Source: clarin

All news articles on 2023-03-23

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