MIAMI (CBSMiami) – After decades open, the Allapattah Branch Library is facing closure.
Last fall, Miami commissioners voted to terminate the rent-free Allapattah lease with Miami-Dade County’s library system in favor of a new affordable-housing complex.READ MORE: Florida Legislators To Consider Plan To Eliminate Salaries For County School Board Members
On Wednesday, students, community members and residents showed out to distribute a petition to save the branch or have a library included in the new development.READ MORE: Two Broward Men Become Millionaires With Florida Lottery Scratch Off Tickets
“The library is very crucial to the community. This library is used by many people and it’s been here for a long period of time. To see it go is definitely going to impact the community in a harsh way,” said Fernando Salgado, who’s against the closure. “[We] would like to come to an agreement for the community, to see if we could maintain the same resources in Allapattah. Maybe not maintain the library, but come to a simple agreement where the community is involved.”MORE NEWS: Florida Appeals Court Clears Way For Minor To Get Abortion Without Parental Consent
The branch will officially close its doors on Dec. 8 to begin construction.