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Construction of the North American consulate in Yucatan begins
Source: Yahoo! Noticias
12-4-2020 | News
MÉRIDA, Yuc., December 4 (EL UNIVERSAL) .- Mexican and United States authorities officially inaugurated the progress of the work of the new United States Consulate located in Vía Montejo, north of Mérida.
The event was chaired by the United States Consul in the city, Courtney Beale, and by the governor of Yucatán, Mauricio Vila Dosal.
Surrounded by the metal body of the building, machines and construction workers, the officials confirmed the progress of the work.
During the event it was noted that the new Consulate will cost approximately 3 billion pesos, and that it is part of the “reflection of the friendship” that exists between Mexico and the United States.
They reported that the new US Consulate General will provide a secure, resident and sustainable platform for diplomacy.
The architectural design of the project is being carried out by the Miller Hull Partnership of Seattle, Washington and BL Harbert International. The project was estimated to be completed in 2023.
The building will be located in the Vía Montejo area, and will provide a platform for modern and safe facilities.
It was also said that the Consulate was designed to reflect the local beauty and includes an interior water reflection that represents the presence of cenotes in the region.
The state governor, Mauricio Vila Dosal, said that it is estimated that the project will employ about a thousand American and Mexican workers, the vast majority local during construction.
“The new Consulate General of the United States in Merida will provide a larger and more modern building in order to provide better visa service to US citizens throughout the Yucatan Peninsula,” said Consul Beale.
The United States in Mexico has invested in new Consulate projects in Ciudad Juárez (opened in 2008), Tijuana (opened in 2011), Monterrey (opened in 2014), Matamoros (opened in 2019). The construction of a new Embassy in Mexico began in 2018 and the consulate in Hermosillo, Guadalajara and Nogales began in 2019.