Merida, Yucatan — The city is considering increased staffing to grow its ongoing Programa de Rescate de Fachadas, a streetscape improvement plan.
The program began in the 1990s when crumbling historical facades had become the norm. Homeowners and businesses would supply paint and plaster and the city brought in the crews. Today, the city provides both workers and supplies. INAH, which safeguards the country’s heritage, oversees any aesthetic choices, including color.
Historical Monuments Zone consists of 3,906 properties and a total area of 8,795 square meters. The program has concentrated on neighborhoods closest to the main square, and as far north as Santa Ana park.
Federico Sauri Molina, the head of the municipal agency that runs the program, reported that his office receives 25 to 30 applications for the program every month. For now, the city employs 30 staff workers, but that number may grow.
“We are looking to increase the number of workers of the City Council; the program is permanent and it is a priority for this department,” said Sauri Molina
Since launching, more than 1,000 historic properties in the Centro have been given a facelift under the program.