BROOKLYN - The plan to sell the city-owned Brooklyn Heights Library for $52 million has been approved by the City Council's Land Use Committee.
The vote brings the sale one step closer to becoming a reality. The plan calls for the library to be destroyed and turned into a mixed-use, high-rise with a new library and condos.
City Councilman Stephen Levin supports the plan. He says that under the new proposal, the size of the library would increase to about 26,000 square feet. A brand-new library has also been promised near DUMBO and Vinegar Hill, and the developer says it will also create more than 100 affordable units off site.
Some community members say they feel the sale was needed because the library was in desperate need of repair. Others fear the sale is a bad idea and limits the community.
Next week, the plan will go before the City Council and then to Mayor Bill de Blasio.