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: Condo Collapse: Search & Rescue Continues, Death Toll Now At Four
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: 'It's Harder When It's In Your Back Yard': Former Miami-Dade Fire Chief Of Condo Collapse Search & Rescue
“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: Condo Collapse: Families Anxiously Await Word On Loved Ones
The branch will officially close its doors on Dec. 8 to begin construction.