Brooklyn Heights based Citizens Defending Libraries will hold a rally tonight (4/8) at 5pm in front of the Brooklyn Public Library’s main branch at Grand Army Plaza. On the docket, the NY Daily News reports, is a request that Mayor deBlasio find a way to help the system with its $300 million dollar repair bill — including $3.5 million for fixing the Brooklyn Heights branch’s air conditioning. The sale of that library to developers is a key part of BPL’s plan to dig out of debt. CDL opposes the sale and the current mayor voiced his opposition while campaigning last year.
NYDN: The building — whose sale requires City Council approval — needs more than $9.2 million in repairs, including $3.5 million for a new air conditioning system, officials said.
The location has long been a money pit. New records reveal the library spent $366,351 in repairs at the branch since 2009. That includes $47,360 on in-house staff, $117,731 on outside contractors and $201,260 on maintenance contracts.