Public library’s Brooklyn Heights project moves forward

July 16, 2015 Associated Press
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 A redevelopment plan for the Brooklyn Heights library branch has taken a step forward.

[This story has been updated here.]

Brooklyn Public Library President Linda Johnson says private developer Hudson Companies Inc. would replace the “inefficient” library at 280 Cadman Plaza West with a new building.

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The New York Times reports the plan, approved by a community board Wednesday evening, also calls for the sale of public land and for Hudson to construct 114 affordable-housing units in Clinton Hill.

The proposal next goes before the city’s planning commission.

Opponents spoke out against privatizing public space and argued that the library would shrink as a result of the project.

Johnson says $40 million of the anticipated $52 million land sale would go toward other Brooklyn Public Library branches in need.

Construction could begin in 2016.

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