The controversial plan for the new Brooklyn Heights branch of the Brooklyn Public Library has hit a roadblock. The Brooklyn Borough Board has decided to postpone its planned vote on the project as it needs more time to review the proposal, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports. According to city regulations, the project cannot go forward without the majority approval of the Board.
The Brooklyn Borough Board is comprised of the Borough President, Eric Adams, all the City Council members representing parts of Brooklyn, and the chairs of the borough's community boards.
Previously Adams had aired some of grievances with the project, calling for the creation of affordable housing at the site of the project, and an elementary school.
Concurrent to the vote delay, a community group known as Love Brooklyn Libraries has filed a complaint with the Attorney General's office saying that the Brooklyn Public Library is hiding part of its budget to facilitate this sale, according to the Eagle.
The city is hoping to sell the library to Hudson Companies for $52 million. Hudson then plans to build a 36-story tower with a new library at the base, and residences above. The proposal has already earned the approval of the City Council and the City Planning Commission. In the process, City Councilman Stephen Levin was also able to convince the developers to add in a STEM lab into the development, and a larger library than the original one. The new development is being designed by Marvel Architects.
For the Brooklyn Public Library, the sale will help alleviate the $300 million in capital needs.
UPDATE: A representative for the Library has informed Curbed that the vote was simply delayed, and that it will in fact take place in the coming weeks.
· Brooklyn Borough Board to delay Heights Library vote [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]
· All the Brooklyn Heights Library Coverage [Curbed]