Merida City Hall to the rescue of 145 Historic Facades

The rescue of historic facades by the City of Mérida continues. (Cesar Gonzalez / SIPSE)

Merida City Council recently rescued 145 facades of different properties of great historical value all along the downtown area. With the collaboration of their owners; the work was done under the supervision and agreement of the INAH (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia).

The works are part of a project to “rescue” the historic center of Merida, the second largest in the country,” said the director of the Municipal Urban Development Department Federico Sauri Molina.

The cost of these works in private properties is “shared” by the City (who pays for the labor) and the property owners (who pay for the construction material required for the rehabilitation).

Most of the buildings in this area are architectural monuments, and therefore the great interest of keeping this program, which began 20 years ago.

Up to date more than 800 facades have been recovered, and after the work is done, it is the owners’ responsability to continue with the maintenance and preservation of their proporties.

Because of the risk posed to people walking around the streets in the downtown area, Municipal authorities have walled up or some of these old houses, and in most cases they have tried to locate the owners to offer them the benefits of this program.

During the current municipal administration, the City Council reported that as part of an initiative known as “Vivienda Digna”, the City of Merida has built 476 rooms, 301 roofs, 814 bathrooms, 266 kitchens and 80 basic housing units, for a total of 1,937 constructions in different neighborhoods and “Comisarías” in the Mérida Urban Area (área conurbada de Mérida).

The rescue of historic facades by the City of Mérida continues. (Cesar Gonzalez / SIPSE)
The rescue of historic facades by the City of Mérida continues. (Cesar Gonzalez / SIPSE)

Parks and public spaces have also been remodeled and improved during this administration, such as the “Colonia Alemán” Park, “Sanjuanistas” Park, San Pedro Uxmal and “Fraccionamiento Bugambilias”, among others.

The improvements and expansion of urban construction surfaces have also been made in municipal markets (Mercados) such as Santa Ana, Chuburna, Miguel Aleman, Chembech, San Benito and Lucas de Galvez.

As for public buildings, the report states that those buildings designated to the service and the attention of the civil population have been especially rehabilitated, such as the Care Center for the Elderly (Centro de Atención al Adulto Mayor); the Centers for Comprehensive Training (Centros de Superación Integral) at San José Tecoh, San Antonio Kauai II and Chablekal; the Florinda Batista, Rita Cetina and Rosa Torres Training Centers (Centros de Capacitación); and the community dinning facilities (Comedores Comunitarios) of Emiliano Zapata Sur I and II, La Guadalupana, el Robel Agrícola, Manuel Crescencio and Cholul.