"La Casita" reopens after being demolished in 2017

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-

University of Florida students celebrated the grand re-opening of two multi-cultural buildings over the weekend.

Sunday morning, hundreds of students came out to see the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures, also known as “La Casita”.

The original building was demolished in 2017 for the University to start the 10 million dollar project.

“It’s definitely cliche but it definitely feels like home. I can’t begin to tell you, even though I wasn’t here for the OG Casita, the second I walked into this house, the energy and just the happiness and the comfort that I felt was unparalleled,” Hispanic Student Association President Isabella Oliver said.

The Institute of Black Culture that is right next to La Casita opened its doors Saturday morning.

UF's original plan was to combine the two institutes, but students protested against the idea.

The doors of both buildings are open to anyone who wants to learn more about different cultures.