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Fewer Centro buildings at risk of collapse

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Centro histórico properties at risk of collapsed are boarded up by the city. Photo: Sipse

Mérida, Yucatán — The Historic Center still has at least nine buildings at risk of collapse, Civil Protection Director Enrique Alcocer Basto said Monday.

City officials are coordinating with other levels of government, including INAH, to combat the problem of abandoned buildings in the Centro.

A year ago, 29 crumbling properties were targeted, mainly between calles 65 and 54. Intervention has been difficult because the legal status of each property is difficult to grasp. 

But the Public Works Department has been empowered to carry out basic steps such as cleaning, removing invasive vegetation, and boarding up the sites. 

The city’s restoration program, which began in 1995, has touched nearly 1,000 of the 3,900 historic properties in Centro, according to official records.

The city started boarding up derelict properties three years ago, at calles 44 and 51.

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