Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Brooklyn Heights Library Sale Lurches Along ULURP Process with CB2 Committee Approval

Courtesy of Marvel Architects
Community Board 2’s Land Use Committee voted 8 to 4 Monday night to approve the controversial $52 million sale and development of the Brooklyn Heights Library. But they added three caveats, according to a story in the Brooklyn Eagle:

1: A special account of at least $2 million set aside only for the capital needs of the Brooklyn Heights branch, to avoid the deterioration that occurred in the current building.

2: That the new branch library should have the same amount of square footage as the current branch. There was some fuzziness over exactly what this includes, however.

3: A request for a Community Benefits Agreement and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). These are intended, at minimum, to ensure the developer, the Hudson Companies, keeps its promises that affordable housing be built before breaking ground on the tower, and an interim library be established during the multi-year construction of the 36-story project.

As can be expected, members of the public were not happy with the approval. But another hearing is coming up soon at Borough Hall.

More here:

CB2 committee approves sale of Brooklyn Heights Library, with caveats [Brooklyn Eagle]

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