Published On: Mon, Apr 14th, 2014

Four houses will be rehabilitated in Downtown Merida

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The owners of four houses in Downtown Merida considered at risk have now the permission of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) to start the rehabilitation of their properties with the support of the Cultural Heritage Branch of the Department of Urban Development (Subdirección de Patrimonio Cultural de la Dirección de Desarrollo Urbano).

According to the Operations Subdirector of the Municipal Government, Enrique Alcocer Basto, there is a breakthrough with the Properties in risk Program (Programa de Atención de Predios en Situación de Riesgo), which began in January and has already started with the process to intervene in some of these houses.

After the owners have shown interest in recovering the splendor of their properties, the Directorate of Governance will disassociate itself from these 4 houses, of 29 that are considered at high risk, now they will be in the hands of the Urban Development.

The restoration is offered to the owners and it will be performed by Municipality specialized workers and the respective management permits and paperwork from the INAH. The owners will only have to pay the remodelling labor.

On the other hand, several complaints have arisen from the citizenship, because most of these houses have no warning signs and it increases the risk for pedestrians, who have to get off the sidewalk and walk in the middle of the street fearing for their safety.

Homeowners who have shown no interest in rescuing their properties will be “tracked ” and called by the legal department of the City of Merida to reach an agreement and determine what would be he process to restore their houses.

These four properties are located on the following addresses:

  • Calle 54 No. 490 (x 57 y 59);
  • Calle 55 No. 489 (x 56 y 58);
  • Calle 65 No.614 (x 76 y 78)
  • Calle 63 No.449 (x 46 y 48).

The Yucatan Times is working on a series of articles regarding this subject that will be published periodically in the following days.

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