The Chapala government is prepared to relinquish a plot of land measuring approximately 7,000 square meters to coax authorities of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) into building a permanent family health care facility in the municipal seat.
The property in question is located across the street from the local branch of the Soriana supermarket chain.
The Chapala IMSS Unidad de Medicina Familiar No. 40 has operated out of a series of rented residential properties for more than five decades, none of which have boasted adequate conditions to serve the purpose of providing quality health care services. The IMSS clinic is currently located at Avenida González Gallo 23, a block away from the former railway station between the cross streets Miguel Martínez and Flavio Romero de Velazco.
The gesture for the IMSS comes with the caveat that the deal will be off the table unless construction of the new facility commences within a period of ten months.
The downside of the arrangement is that the Chapala’s police department headquarters and the municipal slaughterhouse that are currently standing on the site would have to be relocated elsewhere.