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Brooklyn Heights Library Redevelopment Gains Pivotal Ally

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The plan has been called "bad for New Yorkers" and has been riling controversy from the get-go, but on Thursday, City Councilman Steve Levin voiced his support for the sale and redevelopment of the Brooklyn Heights branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Word of Levin's announcement comes by way of a press release spotted by Brownstoner, who notes that the councilman's thumbs-up means that the City Council is all the more likely to approve the proposal in its upcoming ULURP vote. The plan to remake the Brooklyn Heights branch includes razing the existing structure at 280 Cadman Plaza West and selling the site to developer Hudson Companies, who will construct a 36-story condo tower with room for a new library in its base.

The plan Levin supports includes some major changes to the initial redevelopment proposal. According to the press release, the plan Levin supports includes:

· A 24-percent larger library at Cadman Plaza West that will span 26,620 square feet rather than 21,500 square feet
· A new 5,000-square-foot library that will serve Dumbo, Vinegar Hill, and Farragut Houses
· 9,000 square feet of new facilities for STEM education at Cadman Plaza West
· A robust programming schedule at the library

The City Council will vote on the project on Wednesday.
· Breaking: Council Member Steve Levin Gives Thumbs-Up for Heights Library Development [Brownstoner]
· Bibliophiles Attack Condo Plan For Brooklyn Heights Library [Curbed]
· All Brooklyn Public Library coverage [Curbed]