The Land Use Committee of Community Board 2 will meet on Wednesday evening, June 17 at 6:00 at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, Dibner Building, Room LC400, 5 Metrotech Center (off of the Metrotech Commons) and will hold a public hearing on the proposed transfer of the Brooklyn Heights Branch of Brooklyn Public Library to an affiliate of the Hudson Companies, the acquisition by BPL of a condominium unit in the structure to be built there, and the modification of “a [previously granted] permit for height and setback.”
We’ve learned that the previously announced plan for St. Ann’s School to take a large area of mostly below ground space in the new building has been cancelled. In an email to Hudson Companies, St. Ann’s said:
Last September we wrote to you about the opportunity that Saint Ann’s has to purchase space in the nearby Brooklyn Public Library redevelopment. Since then we’ve been looking carefully at the many issues related to the project. At its meeting this week the Board of Trustees decided that given the resources developing BPL would require, Saint Ann’s will no longer pursue this purchase. Instead, we are eager to focus our time, attention, and resources on the buildings we already occupy and on continuing the critical work of improving teacher compensation and increasing financial aid.
Mr. David Kramer, President of the Hudson Companies, said:
We’re sorry to see St. Ann’s withdraw. We had partnered with them since the beginning of the proposal process and were excited to help solve some of their facilities challenges across the street from their building. Per our agreement with the City, we’re now reaching out to other potential community facility users to see if there’s a successor group who has the need and financial capacity to purchase a below-grade condominium in the new development.