City releases RFP for Brooklyn Heights Library development
Hopes to lock in contract before end of the Bloomberg administration
While Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has shelved its proposal to sell its historic Pacific Street Branch to a developer, it has pushed ahead with its controversial plan to redevelop the site of the Brooklyn Heights Branch, which also houses the borough’s Business Library.
On Thursday the Economic Development Corporation released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to find a developer for the roughly 26,600 square foot site at 280 Cadman Plaza West.
The project, which would most likely end up as a residential or mixed use tower, will replace the 51-year-old library building, which reopened in 1993 after a two-year renovation. According to BPL, the building requires more than $9 million in repairs, including $3.5 million to fix the air conditioning system.
Room in the project would be set aside for a new, smaller library branch, which would not include the Brooklyn Business Library. BPL plans to move the Business Library to the Central Branch in Prospect Heights. The new Brooklyn Heights Branch would be owned as a condominium unit by the city and operated by BPL.