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Judge weighing activists’ Brooklyn Heights Library lawsuit

Hudson Companies plans to convert the property to condos

June 14, 2016 12:43PM

David Kramer and a rendering of 1 Clinton Street at the site of the Brooklyn Heights Library

David Kramer and a rendering of 1 Clinton Street at the site of the Brooklyn Heights Library

Love Brooklyn Libraries’ effort to stop the Hudson Companies’ redevelopment of the Brooklyn Heights Library is nearing its denouement.

A State Supreme Court judge is reviewing briefs and meeting with attorneys in the case, with plans to rule in the next couple two months, the Brooklyn Eagle reported.

The activist group is suing the Brooklyn Public Library and related entities, trying to halt the $52 million sale of the Brooklyn Heights Branch to David Kramer’s development firm.

Love Brooklyn Libraries is hitting the project from many angles, challenging its environmental assessment, saying the city never considered the building’s aesthetic merits, or the practical importance of its Business & Career Library.

Attorneys for the city have denied the charges and defended the sale.

Hudson is planning a 36-story, 268,000-square-foot luxury tower on the site, which will include a new Brooklyn Heights library branch. The city Council approved the project in December.

The de Blasio administration has been accused of giving Kramer’s firm a sweetheart deal for the property. City officials have denied the charge. [Brooklyn Eagle] — Ariel Stulberg

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