Friday, July 17, 2015

Brooklyn's CB2 Approves Controversial Brooklyn Heights Library Proposal

Photo: MK Metz
At a packed and frequently interrupted meeting Wednesday night, Brooklyn's Community Board 2 approved, with provisions, a much-disputed plan to sell and redevelop the site of the Brooklyn Heights Library.

In the plan, Hudson Companies Inc. would build a soaring residential tower, replace the current library with a smaller one, and construct 114 affordable-housing units in Clinton Hill.

The added provisions would create a reserve fund of at least $2 million for future capital repairs; require the same "usable" floor space as the existing branch (much confusion over what is exactly usable, however); and create a  Community Benefits Agreement and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

As the Brooklyn Eagle explains, emotions ran high and members of the audience were warned several times to quiet down or be ejected.

The proposal next moves to the Borough President’s Office, and then the City Planning Commission.

More details here.

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