NYC approves demolition of Brooklyn Heights Library, paving way for luxury tower
Interior demolition to start next week
The city’s Department of Buildings (DOB) gave its official approval on Friday to the much-contested demolition of the Brooklyn Heights Library building at 280 Cadman Plaza West.
A spokesperson for developer Hudson Companies told the Brooklyn Eagle that interior demolition is scheduled to start next week, and exterior demolition is scheduled to start the last week in March. (Some minor interior demolition, including asbestos abatement, has already been carried out.) Demolition will take about 12 weeks.
Demolition must be completed before Hudson can pull a new building permit, which will allow it to begin construction of a 36-story luxury residential tower on the site.
Opponents have expressed dismay over the pending demolition. Preserving the existing low-rise library had been the focus of an often-emotional crusade by several advocacy groups including Citizens Defending Libraries and Love Brooklyn Libraries, Inc.