Mérida, Yucatán — At least 50 historical buildings and facades in the historic center will be restored in 2016, the city council announced.
The head of the Cultural Heritage Department of the municipality, Pablo Núñez Durán, reported that the facades rescue program has restored 950 historic homes since mobilizing in 1995.
To quality for municipal intervention, a building must be located in the Monuments Zone: From Parque Itzimná to the north, three blocks after Emita de Santa Isabel to the south; east to the Cruz de Galvez and west to the former Juarez Penitentiary.
The perimeter of the Monuments Zone was established in 1982 and is under the jurisdiction of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), which must issue the permit to restore any building.
The facade and building should reflect the city’s history, be Colonial, Porfiriato and even Modern (since 1920), but with some historical value. Historic monuments will also be repaired under the program this year.
The deal is simple: The city supplies the workers if the homeowner brings paint and supplies. But it’s carried out under the watchful eyes of INAH, which will make sure the finished product is historically accurate.
Homeowners can apply to participate int he program by visiting the offices of the Department of Cultural Heritage Zone, in the Urban Development building, 63-A No. 322 between 128 and 132 in Fracc. Yucalpetén. There will be lots and lots of paperwork.