Denver councilwoman hopes federal grant will save Byers libraryOpponents of closing the small Byers Library because of Denver budget shortfalls hope a $10 million federal grant will save it.
The city has a $120 million deficit, and critics say the library system, which is needed even more during recessions, is bearing too much of the burden.
City Councilwoman Judy Montero said the grant comes under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It is for the first phase of the redevelopment of South Lincoln Park Homes, a 257-unit site built in 1954.
It will include 100 new units for senior and disabled people, Montero said. Plans call for a library nearby.
Amenities that would improve life are planned, and they also would make the development more environmentally friendly.
“I couldn’t be more excited that this development project is on track to be a national model that a lot of us in Denver will get to call home. Because of this, I want to make sure we continue to preserve the existing community assets that make this area a neighborhood. That is why I’m also fighting to keep the Byers Library open, Montero told the Huffington Post.
“It is the only library slated for closure in the mayor’s proposed 2010 budget, and I believe it is an invaluable civic asset that would be shortsighted to let go of in a fire sale during a low-value real estate market.”