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Mérida, Yucatán — The second stage of the current effort to restore facades in the Centro Histórico is a quarter-way done, said the city’s director of urban development, Aref Karam Espósitos.

This week, work is due to be completed on Calle 62 at 55, and at the beginning of the new year, workers will head north to paint and repair more properties. The city budgets workers and supplies for selected homes and businesses with architecture that reflects the city’s heritage.

The city has 10 million pesos to intervene at 228 properties in this phase. The first stage, which launched this past fall, started at the main square at Calle 62. It cost 9 million pesos and lifted 89 facades.

Phase two is a little different. The properties heading up the street tend to be larger and with fewer decorative embellishments, said Karam Espósitos.

Damaged finishes are replaced and cornices are restored. Crews also remove unauthorized advertising that had been plastered on the exterior walls. Phase 2 work will continue into March.

Miles of streetscape have been brightened every fall and winter since the “rescue” program has been in place.

Since launching over 20 years ago, more than 1,000 historic properties in the Centro have been given a facelift under the Programa de Rescate de Fachadas del Ayuntamiento de Mérida.

Source: Desde el Balcón