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MID Center is due to open in the third quarter of 2018. Photo: Courtesy

Mérida, Yucatán — The MID Center business complex, rising by one of the city’s busiest intersections, will be the area’s first privately owned structure with a global certification of environmental sustainability.

It will join the state-owned Yucatán International Convention Center in being LEED certified. A Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design designation indicates that a building was designed to be energy efficient.

MID Center’s lighting is powered by LED technology, and its elevators and escalators are designed for low power consumption. In addition, a rainwater collection and thermal energy system has been installed.

The director of the MID Center project, Jorge Quintanar Montante, said the project was funded by all-Yucatecan investors.

Quintanar Montante said also that he hopes the project inspires other developers to follow their lead in this “global trend.”

“Our purpose is to obtain the highest level of certification (Platinum),” he said.

MID Center is a mixed-use development that integrates 2,400 rentable spaces across two independent towers. One will be a nine-story, 144-room Fiesta Inn Express hotel operated by Grupo Posadas, which also owns the Fiesta Americana and another Fiesa Inn near Siglo XXI.

The rest of the complex, including an eight-level tower, will contain executive and retail space in addition to a restaurant. If parking seems tight, Quintanar Montante said that

The complex is rising at Prolongación Paseo de Montejo at one of the city’s busiest (and dangerous) intersections.

MID Center is slated to open during the third quarter of 2018.

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