In my home town, developers often announce ambitious projects that never get off the ground. We have gotten pretty cynical about pie-in-the-sky skyscrapers or “mixed-use” projects that here typically include an Imax theater, a Baby Gap and a driving range. Our eyes roll when the newspapers publish pretty architectural renderings of idealistic streetscapes.
Cut to today, where Diario de Yucatán wrote about five skyscrapers planned for the north. In Mérida, skyscraper is defined by something around 20 stories, I guess, which is the height of the towers in this development.
Right now, the highest building is the Hyatt, at 19 stories. How do I know this? The SkyscraperPage has documented it. Here are the tallest buildings in Merida, the year they were built, and a rough rendering of each, from the Hyatt to El Conquistador.
SkyscraperPage.com has done an amazing job documenting the high points, as it were, in cities all over the world. The fact that Mérida is part of their database attests to their thoroughness. Mérida is not known for its skyscrapers. Although that may change.
A project called Country Towers (that’s not the translation — it’s named in English) comprising three 20-floor apartment towers, would edge out the Hyatt and rob it of its bragging rights. They are to be built behind the Hospital Regional de Alta Especialidad, across from Bosques de Altabrisa. If I’m reading this story correctly, Anthea City’s four 20-story towers will follow.
Are these for real? Will Merida’s northern neighborhoods start building toward the sky?