President Luis Abinader and the Minister of Tourism, David Collado, made an extensive tour of the Colonial City on Sunday, where they supervised the progress of the works being carried out in this tourist area of the Dominican capital, which includes some twenty projects for the Historic Center of Santo Domingo.
The tour began at the Puerta de la Misericordia, whose works are in their final phase and involved an investment of 17 million pesos.
Collado highlighted the enormous value that the emblematic point, located between Arzobispo Portes and Palo Hincado streets, will have, which is of great significance for our independence history, and which will serve as a place of recreation for local visitors and tourists.
The renovation of the historic square included restoration of the stone wall, cleaning and sanitation of the wall parameters; enlargement and adaptation of the sidewalks; electric lighting, new benches, gardening area and general beautification of the surroundings.
Then President Abinader and Minister Collado went to Las Damas Street, where they checked on the progress of the second section of this road, as part of the Rehabilitation of Priority Streets Project, which covers 4.7 kilometers in length.
From there, they visited the Santo Domingo Fortress, where the museum projects in the Tower of Homage and the immersive experience show, as part of the Revitalization and Architectural Adaptation of Museums program, are in the final stages of completion.
Both President Abinader and Minister Collado highlighted the positive impact of the Colonial City revitalization program, executed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Ministry of Tourism (MITUR).
“These interventions and improvements in our Colonial City is an added value to this historic destination of Santo Domingo, a world heritage site,” said Collado.
President Abinader and Minister Collado ended their tour in Ciudad Colonial with a visit to Colon Park, where the Turizoneando program is being developed, and a stop at the El Conde cafeteria.
Street Rehabilitation Project
At present, this program is intervening in the following sections: Las Mercedes, between 19 de Marzo and Duarte; Las Damas, from Pellerano Castro square (Rosado park) to El Conde; Padre Billini, between Isabel la Católica and Las Damas and Salomé Ureña, between José Reyes and Duarte.
Likewise, the Hostos, between Luperón and Las Mercedes; El Conde, between Las Damas and the steps and the Arzobispo Nouel, between Duarte and Arzobispo Meriño.
It is an initiative that seeks to revitalize the streets of the Colonial City, making them more livable, walkable and accessible for residents, merchants and visitors, executed with an investment of approximately US$36 million.