There starting to wise up in the city and set some much needed height limits on buildings in certain areas. Here is a brief article about it. Machine English translation with Spanish.
Panama, Wednesday 23 of May of 2007
Víctor D. Torres email@example.com
The conservation of buildings in the area of Bella Vista and Andres Bello park in Via Argentina, as well as the situation created by the project Pacific Point in Punta Pacifica, by the lack of green areas, was some aspects debated yesterday by the extended board of directors of the Panamanian Camera of the Construction (CAPAC), and the minister of housing, Balbina Herrera. The MIVI communicated to the members of CAPAC that in around Bella Vista and Andres Bello park, 18 lots exist where projects will be developed and those that already have been approved will be respected, nevertheless, only the construction of buildings with a peakaltitude of 69 meters will be allowed (20 stories high)
"The projects that are next to the park will have to create green areas", said Jose Batista, director of Urban Development of MIVI. Furthermore, the parking that are nearby the park must not have blind walls, but hanging walls with vents and bases for plants. In the district of Bella Vista 85 buildings have been identified as historical monuments, that must be protected. To be declared officially as such, the Executive will present a law project before the National Assembly.
Walter Medrano, president of CAPAC, was in agreement with declaring some of those buildings as historical patrimony, but he affirmed that others are too old for recovering them. The project Pacific Point, that was built without considering the green area, still being analyzed by a named commission to study the committed errors. "the position of the ministry is to look for the balance between the development and the quality of life of the citizens", concluded minister Herrera.