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Good-by Library, Hello High-Rise

November 8, 2015
All renderings by Marvel Architects.

All renderings by Marvel Architects.

The City Planning Commission voted unanimously to build a 36-story luxury residential tower on the lot where a 60,000 square foot branch of the Brooklyn Public Library stands today. The move was also approved by the District 2 Community Board and endorsed by the Brooklyn Heights Association.

Cadman Plaza West branch of the BPL will make way for a high-rise building which will house a new, smaller, 21,500 square-foot library, 139 market-rate condos, and two retail spaces on the ground floor. The BPL will get compensated for its property with $52 million. Part of the deal includes 114 affordable housing units offsite; one will be at Fulton Street and the second on Atlantic Avenue in Clinton Hill.

There are voices objecting to the plan. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle stated that

“the planned development has provoked a chorus of impassioned objections over concerns of overcrowded [Brooklyn] Heights schools, the shrinkage of library space and the off-siting of the affordable housing component.”

Co-founder of Citizens Defending Libraries Michael D.D. White is unhappy with the way the vote went. The pro-labor group Build Up NYC was also dissatisfied with the Board’s decision. The BPL was happy, however, calling the project a “win-win.”

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