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Urban improvement of old University’s building facade, one of Merida’s architectural jewels

by Yucatan Times
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Mayor Maria Fritz Sierra led the start of the maintenance works that are being carried out on the facade of the UADY Central Building.

According to a press release, this is part of the actions undertaken during the current administration for the permanent Rescate de Fachadas del Centro Histórico program (Historic Center Facades Rescue Program), which seeks the recovery and conservation of the cultural heritage and the improvement of the architectural quality of the area.

The councilor recalled that the City Council has been constant in the search for projects that allow conservation; for this reason, in 1995, he created the aforementioned program and in this administration headed by Mauricio Vila, the Maintenance of Facades of the Historic Center was added, which is done in coordination and under the supervision of INAH.

“We thank the Institute for its valuable willingness and collaboration with these actions that preserve the historical heritage of the people of Merida” he said.

“The University Central Building”, he pointed out, “is one of the five historical monuments considered in the first stage of maintenance work on facades”.

“UADY has contributed a lot in educational, economic, social and political matters for the development of the State, and the great value it maintains as one of the pillars of quality public education at a higher level in the region today is widely recognized at national and international levels, “he continued.

He also said that the contribution made by the City Council to the Autonomus Univestiry of Yucatan has great value, since it is helping to preserve the image and legacy of the important educational institution in the history of the State.

The rector José de Jesús Williams thanked the City of Mérida for the support it has given to UADY, which benefits the university community and the Yucatecan society as a whole.

“In a few months, this building will house the University Cultural Center and these actions will allow us to have a privileged space that will be used for cultural and artistic activities” Williams said.

UADT Central Building (Photo: Archive)

The Director of Urban Development of the City of Merida, Aref Karam Espósitos, explained that the project for the Improvement of Facades of the Historical Center, which began in November 2016, considered in a first stage the maintenance of facades in a sector that ranges from the Plaza Grande to Santa Lucia, with 89 properties.

In October of 2017, work began on the second stage of maintenance work, from Santa Lucia to Santa Ana, where 105 properties were repaired, painted and in some cases partially reconstructed, in more than 93 cases a more comprehensive work had to be done, due to the bad conditions of those facades.

During the current municipal administration, actions have been taken to improve the tourist infrastructure of the Historic Center, such as providing free wireless internet in 55 blocks; the renovation of the Dragons, Puente and San Juan arches; the restoration of the murals of master painter Manuel Lizama Salazar and the maintenance and new lighting of the Monument to the Fatherland, as well as the restoration works of the Acoustic Shell at Parque de las Américas.

New lighting was also provided to the Paseo de Montejo along with free wireless internet service in the area, in addition to the maintenance works of the Olimpo Cultural Center, the Municipal Palace, and the works of the Cathedral’s fence, among others.

Press Release by UADY

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