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Plans for luxury 7-tower complex worries neighbors in Mérida

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Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
A rendering depicts Infiniti, a large luxury housing project planned for Mérida’s north. Photo: Courtesy

Residents in northern Mérida are angry over plans to build Infiniti, a seven-tower luxury development replete with a lake.

Complaints center around an alleged lack of transparency regarding zoning regulations and concerns over traffic, privacy and the environment.

“We don’t understand how the city can approve upwards of 250 new tower apartment units in an area of only 39,000 square meters. This project would have dire consequences for families in neighborhoods such as  Montalbán, Monterreal, Montecristo, and others. The north of the city is oversaturated with traffic as it is,” said neighborhood spokesman Yusef Lara. 

Images on Infiniti’s website lay out plans to build seven towers, a clubhouse, a swimming pool and a large artificial lake. 

According to a report by Por Esto, neighbors have begun to explore legal actions to stop, or at least delay the construction of the project.

A court in Yucatán recently found that the Urban Center shopping mall was built despite zoning requirements. The shopping mall continues to operate and authorities have yet to intervene.

The north of Mérida is not the only part of the city where zoning rules have been a hot topic. Residents in the Centro have long complained about loud bars and restaurants opening up on streets that had previously been entirely residential.   

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