Monday, November 2, 2015

City Planning Approves Controversial Brooklyn Heights Library Hi-Rise; City Council Next

Rendering courtesy of Marvel Architects
 The plan to knock down the 2-story Brooklyn Heights Library and replace it with a 36-story residential tower took another step closer to reality on Monday when the City Planning Commission approved it unanimously, the Brooklyn Eagle reports.

The ULURP process moves next to the City Council, where a hearing must be held within 50 days.

While the plan was endorsed by the Brooklyn Heights Association, it has received vocal and passionate opposition from hundreds of residents who objected on a number of grounds.

One long-time resident told the Eagle that the hi-rise plan was "like giving the finger to Brooklyn Heights.”

Councilmember Stephan Levin told the paper, "We are looking at how this project affects the amount and type of library space available to the community and how it fits in with other pressing concerns in the neighborhood, like the overcrowding at P.S. 8.”

Controversial Brooklyn Heights Library hi-rise approved by City Planning [Brooklyn Eagle]

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