Mazatlan historic center homes and businesses in poor condition, but INAH prevents us from acting says Planning Department


In ruins 15 percent of buildings in the Historic Center of Mazatlán

There have been cases where the marquee or some wall represents a danger to the population, its demolition is ordered and the INAH intervenes and prevents it, reproached the director Jorge Estavillo Kelly

En el abandono la mayoría de los monumentos de Mazatlán

Mazatlán, Sinaloa.- Despite the fact that finca and houses in poor condition have been detected, which need to be demolished as they are a danger to the general population, the Directorate of Sustainable Urban Development Planning and Civil Protection has been unable to act because of the National Institute of Anthropology and History ( INAH ), Jorge Estavillo Kelly refuted.

15 percent of the more than 460 buildings in the Historic Center of Mazatlán registered with the National Institute of Anthropology and History are devastated and at risk of being lost.

INAH y Municipio buscarán rescatar edificios históricos

According to the delegate in Sinaloa of the agency, Francisco Ríos Avendaño mostly deals with cases in which the owner has died and the place is intestate, which was left in a testament trial and some others in which the heirs did not have the resources to restore it or there is no interest in doing so.

In any case, he indicated that there are alternatives to restore them, as long as there is an investment on the part of the owner, since the Government cannot inject public resources into private property unless it is expropriated in compliance with the Law.

The Planning Director cited that, as a municipal authority, they have issued rulings to demolish some fences or roofs of houses in the Historic Center because they are about to fall; and the INAH immediately intervenes and does not allow it because for them it is necessary to repair them, a situation that sometimes is no longer possible due to the age of the infrastructure.

“If we can intervene in forcing the owner to either demolish it that is about to fall or repair it. The problem is also when they are historic farms, the INAH does not want them to be demolished, it wants them to be restored, but there are things that cannot be restored and that is what makes it difficult to intervene in the buildings ”, he reproached. 

For this reason, the Directorate of Sustainable Urban Development Planning and the College of Architects seeks to have a meeting with the INAH to address this problem, in order to come to terms with the good of the citizens and go to rescue the Center Historical.

He pointed out that the INAH has a record of images of what buildings were like in the past so that when desired they can be restored from the remains, thus preserving the memory of the port.

And more because there are buildings, up to four levels, with canopies where the naked eye can see the rod, which is about to fall and represents a risk for all those who walk through the place. 

But, some properties are in such poor condition for what happened in the state capital (Culiacán) may happen in Mazatlan.