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Wednesday, April 16 2014 @ 03:19 AM EDT

MIVI Will Hold Public Consultation on US Embassy Land in Clayton

Real Estate Clayton residents in the former Panama Canal Zone are on alert after learning the Ministry of Housing will hold a public consultation over a zoning change for a parcel of land Panama gave to the United States in Cardenas where the US embassy is located. Clayton Residents are worried the rezoning will affect a forested area, through which the historic "Camino de Cruces" pases. Panama gave the three lots in question, where the zoning changes would take affect, "to the U.S. in exchange for the lot of the Balboa Avenue, where is the old U.S. Embassy was located." In fact both countries agreed to this land swap by singing on 11 February 2010 the "Agreement of Attachment and conformity with the terms of contract and promise of compensation through payment in kind". The lots are valued at $18,810,855 dollars, and measure more than 165,000 square meters, as described in Cabinet Resolution No. 17 of 2 February 2010. According to the agreement the United States will be responsible for the protection, rehabilitation, maintenance and cleanliness of the assets transferred, as well as any risk or damage to a third party arising from the use of the property subject of the transfer.

Public Consultation: The Mivi is holding a public consultation for this proposed zoning change today, Thursday, March 4, starting at 5:00 pm in the MIVI offices located in Edison Plaza. The U.S. Embassy said their representative Mark Parry and the Director for Administrative Affairs Johnny Lloyd will attend the meeting. However, the embassy clarified that they have not yet made a decision on what will be done with the land. Among the possible uses - the embassy is considering building single family homes or low-rise apartments for their employees. (Source: La Prensa)

Editor's Comment: From www.bruceruiz.net -

  • In 1533, Licentiate Espinosa recommended that a new road be built. He advised the King, that a much better route would be, connecting Panamá to the town of Cruces, on the banks of the Chagres River. This was about 20 miles from Panamá. Once on the Chagres River, boats could be used to navigate to the Caribbean. El Camino a Cruces, the Las Cruces Trail, is the road built to connect the city of Panamá to the town of Cruces. From Cruces, passage was continued by Cayucos and small boats, down the Chagres River to the mouth of the Chagres, on the Caribbean Sea. At the mouth of the Chagres, the small town of Chagres, was fortified. El Castillo de San Lorenzo was built on a bluff, overlooking the area. From Chagres, treasures and goods were transported to the Kings Warehouse in Porto Bello, to be stored until the Treasure Fleet left for Spain. Most of the gold and silver, was stored in Panamá, until word was received that the Treasure Fleet, was leaving Cartagena to Porto Bello. Overland, the gold and silver was transported on the back of mules, sure footed animals were needed for the rough trip. Long mule trains were handled by Negro slaves across the Isthmus.
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