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Yucatan's congress is vacating their legislative building in the Centro, making room for a cultural center.

Two major transformations in Merida’s center have become closer to reality, bringing new purpose to an old railroad yard and a soon-to-be-abandoned legislative building.

While attending the National Meeting of Culture in Merida, the head of the Ministry of Culture and Arts of Yucatan (Sedeculta), Roger Metri Duarte, announced construction of both La Plancha and Casa de la Trova, in the building currently occupied by the State Congress until a new center on the periferico is built.

La Plancha is on track to become a “Central Park” for Merida, a green space to introduce more trees and walking or bike paths to the city. Less is known, so far, about what the Casa de la Trova will involve.

The old congressional building is in a prime spot in the tourist district.
The old congressional building is in a prime spot in the tourist district.

Casa de la Trova will take the name of renowned composer Juan Acereto at the Plaza Del Trovador, honoring the art of local musicians.

At the National Meeting of Culture, held in Morelia, Michoacán, officials said that both plans are in the final stage of design, so shortly architectural designs and needed investment will be presented, which will be covered mostly with state resources and the support of the National Council for Culture and the Arts (Conaculta).

According to projections, La Plancha’s design would incorporate modern technology, sustainable materials and renewable energy.

New Legislature

The state government will construct a new building for the legislature along Merida’s ring road.

Construction will begin in the next quarter, said Yucatan Gov. Rolando Zapata Bello, and is expected to be completed as soon as late 2015.

It is estimated that construction of the modern building will cost about $140 million (MX).

The current building was built in 1980, but today runs past capacity as the government has grown.

The new building will be built at Periférico near the Security Complex, on state-owned land in the west of Merida.

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