The Cartago-based public university, Tecnológico de Costa Rica, is promoting a plan to revitalize the historic district of the capital. The university has branches in San José.
In a meeting with Mayor Johnny Araya, university officials said that part of the plan is to convert abandoned buildings into living space, said a summary from the university. The university estimated that there were at least 30 abandoned buildings.
University Rector Julio César Calvo said the plan has been on the table since 2013 when the university first presented it.
Araya was quoted saying that a new San José needs to be a functional city with security, sanitation and public transport, the university reported.