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Brooklyn bookworms critical of Hudson Cos. condo project

Developer's planned 36-story tower includes a new Brooklyn Heights public library
June 19, 2015 12:50PM

Brooklyn’s Community Board 2 postponed a vote this week on the Hudson Cos.’ acquisition of the Brooklyn Heights Library – the site of a proposed mixed-use condo development that will house a new public library at its base – after hours of public testimony over the contentious plan.

The community board debated plans for the site, at 280 Cadman Plaza West, on Wednesday night before a divided crowd that lined the perimeter of the room and extended out the door, Curbed reported. While voting to 6-4 at the end of the evening to approve the application, the board pushed a formal tally to Monday despite time restrictions imposed by the city’s land use review process.

The Brooklyn Public Library wants to sell the Brooklyn Heights branch to upgrade the space as part of Hudson’s proposed 36-story condo development, but opponents are concerned the library will be shrunk by a third of its current size and worry the deal sets a precedent for funding public spaces with luxury buildings, according to the website.

Hudson won a $52 million bid to build on the property last year that included commitments to a new library at the development and 114 affordable units built at separate sites in Clinton Hill. If the deal goes through, the condo tower will somewhat resemble Manhattan’s iconic, wedge-shaped Flatiron Building. [Curbed]Rey Mashayekhi