Ten years after the Northeast Branch Library was irreparably damaged during Hurricane Wilma, a new library is nearing completion in Aventura.
Since the storm hit in October 2005, it’s taken years to assess the damage, demolish the old structure, plan, design and begin construction on a new facility at the site of the old library.
In the meantime, a temporary library was set up in the mezzanine level of Aventura City Hall, where library patrons have had to go through security and deal with the building being closed on weekends.
But after the county recently issued a temporary certificate of occupancy, furniture and library materials are starting to move in to the new building. Officials don’t have an opening date yet, but the doors will open soon, according to Jack Varela, spokesman for Miami-Dade Public Library System.
The new 26,482-square-foot building is being completed at 2913 Aventura Blvd. It will feature several types of computers — desktop PCs, Apple iMacs and Microsoft Surface Pro3s — and wireless Internet access throughout interior and exteriors areas, including wireless printing. Two conference rooms and a 100-seat auditorium will be available with wireless hookup for presentation equipment.
“Presenters will be able to use any mobile device to interact with the equipment,” Varela said in an email.
The library is expected to get Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.