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  • 25 4th Avenue

    25 4th Avenue

    The Brooklyn Public Library reaffirmed that the first Carnegie library in Brooklyn, located at 25 4th Avenue at Pacific Street, is not for sale. For more than a year, community activists and elected officials have fought a possible sale, which they see as a precursor to demolition and apartment development. [more]

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  • 280 Cadman Plaza West

    280 Cadman Plaza West

    A civic nonprofit is rallying at Prospect Park’s Grand Army Plaza today to convince Mayor Bill de Blasio to help pay for the $300 million in building repairs needed at Brooklyn Public Library’s 60 locations.

    Several of the branches in the system have broken elevators, collapsing roofs and poorly functioning air conditioning. The group, Citizens Defending Libraries, pointed to a $3.5 million AC unit needed at the Brooklyn Heights library located at 280 Cadman Plaza West. [more]

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  • 6802 Fort Parkway

    6802 Fort Hamilton Parkway

    The city could soon seize a privately-owned Brooklyn library via eminent domain.

    The McKinley Park branch of the Brooklyn Public Library at 6802 Fort Hamilton Parkway on the corner of 68th Street leases the space from a BMO Harris Bank branch in Arizona, and pays $20,000 per month in rent — a rate the library’s executive president says it cannot afford. [more]

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  • Proposal B, the tallest of the proposals for the Brooklyn Heights library site.

    WEEKENDEDITION The Brooklyn Public Library is asking for public feedback regarding several proposals to redevelop the site of the Brooklyn Heights Branch Library. [more]

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  • 280 Cadman Plaza West

    280 Cadman Plaza West

    Officials from the Brooklyn Public Library revealed seven proposals to convert the Brooklyn Heights Branch into a residential or mixed-use tower with a library on the ground floor.

    The designs, each put together by different developer and architect teams, were required to include at least 20,000 square feet of library space and affordable housing at the 280 Cadman Plaza West site. [more]

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  • U3 Advisors

    From left: Karen Backus, Cornell NYC Tech rendering and Omar Blaik

    Two real estate consultancies, Midtown West-based K. Backus & Associates and Philadelphia-based U3 Ventures, are combining to form U3 Advisors, the companies said. K. Backus & Associates, led by Karen Backus, is serving as a consultant on Cornell University and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology’s 2 million-square-foot campus planned for Roosevelt Island, as The Real Deal reported. [more]

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  • Pacific Street Library

    The Park Slope Civic Council wants to see the Pacific Branch Library designated a city landmark now that Brooklyn library officials are planning to sell the building and move the branch to the new Two Trees BAM development, Brownstoner reported.

    Library officials decided to relocate the branch because of the poor condition of the building,  which borders Boerum Hill and Park Slope along Fourth Avenue. Repairs would cost $11 million; the building is valued at just $10 million, library official Josh Nachowitz said. [more]

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  • From left: the Brooklyn Heights library branch and the Boerum Hill Pacific Street location (credit: PropertyShark)

    Officials at the Brooklyn Public Library plan to sell two libraries — one in Brooklyn Heights and the other in Boerum Hill, the New York Daily News reported. The properties are reportedly in need of repairs, which the library system is unable to pay. [more]

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  • Fort Greene cultural projects press on

    February 08, 2010 10:08AM

    More than $100 million worth of cultural and public projects are slated to break ground in the area surrounding the Brooklyn Academy of Music, marking the dawn of Fort Greene’s new cultural district after years of delays. Among the six projects planned are the new $56.5 million, 27,500-square-foot Theatre for a New Audience building, which last month received approval for funding that will allow it to break ground in December; a $24 million renovation of the Strand Theater, which will begin at the end of this summer; and a new $6 million park. BAM is also getting a new exhibition space: this week, the academy is expected to close on a 4,000-square-foot retail lease on the ground floor of the Forté condos. Planning for a cultural district in the area began over a decade ago, and the city took the helm in 2006 after a series of setbacks, though the delays did not stop there. In 2007, the Brooklyn Public Library reneged on a plan to build a Visual and Performing Arts Library and in April, the beleaguered real estate market put the planned Brooklyn Arts Tower, a residential and cultural center, on hold. Still, project officials remain optimistic, despite the continued building slump and the city’s budget deficit, and assert that funding has been secured for Fort Greene projects. “There is renewed momentum now,” said Karen Brooks Hopkins, president of BAM. [Crain’s]

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