An illegal story is demolished in Mexico City. An illegal story is demolished in Mexico City.

CDMX takes action against illegal floors

Builders who exceed the allowed number of stories will see them demolished

Some builders in Mexico City have been adding a few extra stories to their construction projects with the hope that no one notices, but authorities are cracking down on the practice.


Greater enforcement of construction regulations in the city led to the start of demolition Friday of additional floors illegally built on one of many such buildings.

Floors that exceeded the allowed numbers were demolished in the first of 32, one that was two stories over the limit in the Espartaco neighborhood in the borough of Coyoacán.

Other offending construction projects have been identified in the boroughs of Azcapotzalco, Álvaro Obregón, Venustiano Carranza, Cuauhtémoc, Benito Juárez, Gustavo A. Madero, Iztapalapa, Iztacalco and Tlalpan.

The new enforcement of regulations will also mean that borough and city authorities will begin keeping projects under closer supervision.

The government of Mexico City said that while urban development must proceed, it should take place with strict adherence to the law.

The crackdown also included sanctions against and suspensions of officially licensed construction supervisors, who are supposed to be overseeing the construction projects.

Interior Secretary Patricia Mercado Castro explained that there are 2,000 such supervisors in the city, many of whom oversee up to four different ongoing projects. But those projects are not being properly reviewed, she said.

The city has issued permanent suspensions against two but more could follow considering that 32 buildings have more floors than allowed.

Source: Quadratín (sp), Milenio (sp)

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  • K. Chris C.

    In other words, the extra floors mandated so as to economically overcome the pols and crats’ mulcting are also to be squeezed like the proverbial turnip.

    An American citizen, not US subject.

  • WestCoastHwy

    As Mexico cracks down on it’s private overseers of public affairs, the U.S.A. is slowly moving to privatization of public agencies. Well isn’t that an interesting evolution. No matter how you slice it, you come up with nuts!

  • Yachter

    How do you spell C o r r u p t i o n??

  • Michael C

    The Donald did a similar shuffling of the numbers at one of his high rise buildings…..but without actually constructing the floors! He just added floor numbers to give the appearance of taller building! Everything is “yugely bigger” with DJT!