The Mayor of Salamanca, Carlos García Carbayo, and the Chairman of Unicaja Banco, Manuel Azuaga, held a meeting today at the City Hall to discuss several topics, within the permanent collaboration framework between the bank and Salamanca City Hall and with other institutions in Castilla y León. Then they unveiled a plaque in Patio Chico, to commemorate the bank’s transfer of a plot to the city, converted into a public garden in 2018 and which enhances the visibility of the Cathedral’s south facade.
The event has been attended by the City Hall Councilor for Economy, Tax and Internal Regime, Fernando Rodríguez, and by the Councilor for Social Participation, Almudena Parres; and by Unicaja Banco’s Director General for Operations and Technology, José María de la Vega, by the Head of Institutional Relations, Fernando Ríos, and by the Regional Manager for Salamanca, Manuel Rubio.
Unicaja Banco transferred for free in December 2016 the above mentioned plot, which was acquired by Caja Duero, and located in Patio Chico square, an emblematic space next to the Cathedral. The said urban space has a surface of 371 sqm and its transfer to the City Hall allowed for it to be adapted and integrated in the surrounding square, enhancing the visibility of the New Cathedral’s south facade, the Torre del Gallo and the Old Cathedral’s apse. All of the above allowed the boost of that monumental area, a long-held ambition of the city and of the different local authorities.
The Mayor of Salamanca, Carlos García Carbayo, thanked Unicaja Banco for the close collaboration between both institutions, remarking the importance of the said transfer, which has allowed the City Hall to continue recovering spaces in the city Old Town and contributing to the city’s large heritage.
The Mayor also thanked Manuel Azuaga for the recent transfer made by Unicaja Banco to the City Hall of the Centro Plaza Trujillo, a modern building with more than 3,500 sqm which already hosts municipal services for those living in the Prosperidad neighbourhood. That area of the city hosted in the 1960’s several promotion actions by the Caja Salamanca, now integrated into Unicaja Banco.
The Chairman of Unicaja Banco, Manuel Azuaga, highlighted that the ‘transfers of the Patio Chico plot and of the Centro Plaza Trujillo reflect the permanent and sound relationship between Unicaja Banco and Salamanca City Hall, translated into several collaborations in economic, social and cultural areas, and which will continue in the near future’.
According to Azuaga, ‘Unicaja Banco has always worked close to Salamanca City Hall in its different stages and with its mayors. Our will for the future is to maintain a special and lasting link to the city, the province and its inhabitants. Unicaja Banco has deep roots in this city, we feel from here and we want to continue to be an important agent in the economic and social dynamism of Salamanca and Castilla y León’.