Lawmakers dump plan to destroy heritage site Colegio Sión

The former Colegio Sión is now legislative offices, but the building is in bad shape. In fact, the building has been declared uninhabitable by the Ministerio de Salud.

So some lawmakers favored the idea of tearing down the structure and constructing an office tower to replace it. The legislative leadership has been seeking a solution to the problem for several years.

It appears, however, that the Colegio Sión will be spared the wrecking ball.

The Comisión Permanente de Gobierno y Administración
Wednesday shelved legislation that would have authorized the demolition. Elibeth Venegas Villalobos, a lawmaker with the Partido Liberación Nacional, headed a subcommittee that studied the proposal. She said Wednesday that even the legislature does not have the power to demolish a national heritage structure, as the colegio building has been designated.

She told her fellow legislators that the only agency with the power to do so is the Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural of the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud. She said the legislature has the obligation to fix up the building.

Based on Ms. Venegas’ comments, the committee agreed to archive the proposed legislation.

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