The Jakarta administration plans to buy historic buildings located inside Kota Tua in West Jakarta using a budget of Rp 88.88 billion (US$6.23 million).

Kota Tua Zone Management Unit (UPK Kota Tua) head Novriadi Husodo said included in the plan was the purchase of the Dasaad Musin Concern building located near Fatahillah Square, the main precinct of Kota Tua.   

“The management unit has allocated a total of Rp 88.88 billion in the city budget this year,” Novriadi said as quoted by Antara news agency on Thursday.

“There are two alternative buildings. One of them is the Dasaad Musin Concern building,” he added.

One wall of the apparently abandoned structure is inscribed “Dasaad Musin Concern”, while another side says “Dasaad Musin Building”.

Having been built in 1857, Novriadi said the administration needed to give the building attention, as it requires repair and restoration.

He claimed that once the building was bought and restored, it would house offices and public spaces.

Novriadi said the value of the building was currently being appraised so as to reach an agreement over the price with the owner.

Kota Tua, a popular destination for both domestic and foreign tourists, is home to many historic buildings. Its main attraction is Fatahillah Square, an open space area surrounded by colonial heritage buildings. (sau)