Former train station to become a museum

By Antonio De Jesús Aguado

The train station facilities were handed over as bailment to the municipality in 2010. Recently, Mayor Luz María Núñez Flores signed an agreement with federal authorities in order to receive the financial resources to turn the former train station into a museum.

En 2010, the space of close to 4,000 square meters was handed over as bailment to the municipality for an indefinite time, through the signing of an agreement with Kansas City Southern de México S.A de C.V. In the same year the municipal government announced that these facilities would be used as a museum at an investment of 10 million pesos in the first stage of development.

Finally, on February 7, 2012, municipal authorities signed an agreement of collaboration with CONACULTA (National Council for Arts and Culture) and FONCA (National Fund for Arts and Culture) in order to carry out important public works in San Miguel de Allende, at an investment of 23.5 million pesos. This resource will be applied to the restoration of the building located at Mesones 71, which will be designated as the new offices of Casa de Cultura (House of Culture). The restoration will include upgrading of the plumbing, hydraulic and electrical systems; it will be equipped with wooden furniture and will have a gathering area.

Part of these funds will be invested in the restoration of the former train station; with this resource the municipality will replace the roof, the stone walls, wooden structures and the floors. The local government will perform internal and external restoration in order to prepare the building for housing a museum. Outside, a park area based on the theme of trains will be created.

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