California bookmarks $2.4 million to renovate old Logan Heights Library – The San Diego Union-Tribune

SAN DIEGO — Greater than $2 million in state funding has been allotted to renovate the 94-yr-pre…….

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Greater than $2 million in state funding has been allotted to renovate the 94-yr-previous Logan Heights library constructing, officers introduced Friday.

State Sen. Ben Hueso and San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria have been joined by longtime space residents outdoorways the constructing Friday To inform the group of the $2.4 million funding, Which might permit The metropolis to finally reopen it.

“The previous Logan Heights library was A useful asset to the residents for extra than 80 yrs earlier than falling in disrepair,” Gloria said. “We’re going to create A mannequin new useful resource this group can rely on For many yrs To return.”

Officials said The metropolis plans to work with residents to decide a use for the space as quickly as repairs are accomplished. Potential ideas embrace a cultural center or museum. The mannequin new Logan Heights Library, which opened in 2009, is Decrease than a block from The earlier website.

Hueso grew up Regionally and nonetheless remembers going to the previous library department. He said he envisions the group serving to create one factor that contributes to education and values The world’s cultural heritage and historic previous.

Mayor Todd Gloria speaks with Connie Zuniga, 86, Pals of Logan Heights Library President, On the previous Logan Heights library after A mannequin information convention Aug. 6, 2021, in San Diego.

(Ana Ramirez – U-T)

The roughly 3,000-sq.-foot constructing’s ceiling requires repairs, and the flooring have water damage, officers said. The doorways are boarded up, graffiti stains A pair of of the constructing’s exterior and A pair of of constructing’s house windows are damaged.

“Hopefully this constructing Might be preserved and improved in a method that continues to contribute to this group’s wants and calls for,” Hueso said.

Ebony James, COO of the nonprofit Logan Heights Community Enchancment Corp., said amassing enter and securing group possession are very important, given the position the library performed Inside the lives of many who grew up Inside The world.

“This library hpreviouss historic significance, And by no means solely has it been a hub for useful assets, and a protected space for our youth and adults Regionally, However in addition a illustration of the group satisfaction and resiliency,” James said.

The metropolis plans To start structural repairs to the constructing as quickly As a Outcome of the state money is made out there. The metropolis will lead discussions To collect suggestions on The Prolonged time period use of the constructing, officers said.

The $2.4 million given to The metropolis is a portion of the $250 million It is going to acquire from the state for metropoliswide tasks That focus on science, equity and tradition.

The previous Logan Heights Library is in want of repairs And might get a $2.4 million renovation.

(Ana Ramirez – U-T)