Mérida, Yucatán —Despite all the recent rain, the Music Palace — El Palacio de la Música — is quickly taking shape. Officials estimate about 12 percent of the construction work is already behind them.
The first stage of building is on track to be completed in December, said Gilberto Enriquez, director general of the Institute for Construction and Maintenance of Public Works of the State of Yucatán. Officials promise to deliver the project by October or November 2017, not two years after the state unveiled the project.
“I think we are going very well, in a timely manner, we have made progress on the issue of the demolition of what was the former Congress, and we have advanced to the issue of permits with INAH,” Enriquez said, in Spanish.
INAH is certainly watching closely, since the site is surrounded by the city’s most treasured landmarks. The Church of the Third Order abuts the museum, as it did the legislative building that preceded it.
The finish of the 322-million-peso Music Palace will be akin to the surrounding buildings, and will be the same height, to comply with the guidelines established by the INAH.
The building will feature a concert hall with a capacity for 400 people, a museum, a recording studio and a high-tech music library. Academic programs are planned at the museum as well. It is billed as the only museum of its kind in the country.