(MENAFN – Panama press room)
A building in the Mirador del Pacifico on the Cinta Costera, intended to be a restaurant will become the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC).
The estimated cost of the structure was $ 2 million, although since 2014 – when the project was handed over by Odebrecht to the state – the property, under the administration of the Ministry of Public Works (MOP), has been abandoned. and exhibited advanced deterioration. The ministry transferred ownership to the Ministry of Culture, whose minister Carlos Aguilar, plans to make a big investment – the amount was not specified – to revitalize the place so that all Panamanians can use it.
This location had been granted by the administration of Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014) to Odebrecht, the same who constructed the building; However, due to citizen pressure and after corruption scandals, the administration of Juan Carlos Varela (2014-2019) suspended the contract.
Culture ministry museum director Anayansi Chichaco said MAC’s current headquarters have grown too small and its board is looking for a new location.
Right now, the Culture Ministry is evaluating with its legal team how long they could cede this property to MAC, although Chichaco has said that in general the period is 20 or 25 years.
MAC Panama was born in 1962 under the name Panamanian Art Institute (Panarte), as a private non-profit entity, founded with the aim of promoting the cultural development of the Panamanian community. Currently, its headquarters are in Ancón.
Cinta Costera had a total cost of $ 782 million, but only the Mirador del Pacífico, the name with which the MOP baptized the “tourist dump” built near the Mercado del Marisco, cost $ 68.2 million.
The reports of this entity, dating from 2014, mention that only the filling of the breakwater amounted to 48.1 million dollars. The building that would house the restaurant and which will now be the headquarters of the MAC cost $ 2 million and the landscaping, $ 7.7 million. The rest of the money – $ 10.4 million – went towards paving, drainage and earthworks.
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