As regular BHB readers know, last week the Brooklyn Public Library announced its decision regarding who will build a 30-story tower on the site of the Brooklyn Heights Branch library. Based upon a recent Op-Ed, the Daily News—whose publisher, Mort Zuckerman is also the lead investor in developer Boston Properties, Inc.—heartily approves the selection of the Hudson Companies:
NYDN: The Brooklyn Public Library’s trustees have approved an extraordinarily good deal for their cash-strapped system that would establish a brand-new outpost in Brooklyn Heights to be paid for by the sale to a developer of the city-owned land on which a branch now sits.
In a nod to NIMBYism charges that have been leveled before against local residents, the News editorial board had this to say:
The streets of the Heights echo with charges that the library system is selling its soul. Nonsense. Brooklyn’s 60-branch network has piled up some $300 million in major construction costs. The city budget’s contribution for that purpose this year: just $20.8 million.
Of course, BHB would be remiss it didn’t provide a comment about the library deal from Michael White of Citizens Defending Libraries:
A year ago last July Bill de Blasio stood with Citizens Defending libraries calling for a halt to the sale and shrinkage of our libraries including the Brooklyn Heights Library.
What’s different now is that our citizens diligence has brought to light a state of affairs with respect to how the library’s sale and shrinkage was conceived that is far worse than anything de Blasio or anyone else knew about back then.
I think the BPL trustees have therefore embarrassed themselves by at this time further pursuing an endeavor with such a contaminated past.
Next round in this saga? October 7 when the Brooklyn Heights Library Community Advisory Committee meets to discuss the plan that BPL leadership has already approved.