Because of a schedule conflict (a.k.a. having a day job) your correspondent arrived late for Wednesday evening’s public hearing before Community Board 2’s Land Use Committee. The photo shows what he found on arrival. The hearing concerned the proposed transfer of the Brooklyn Heights branch of the Brooklyn Public Library to a developer who would demolish the existing building and construct a 33 story residential and commercial building with a new library. Fortunately, the Eagle’s Mary Frost was on hand to provide this report.
Bottom line: after four and a half hours of contentious testimony, the Committee “could not reach an affirmative vote.” This doesn’t mean the project has been disapproved; some further action by the Committee will be taken. According to C.B.2 District Manager Robert Perris, it is not likely that there will be another public hearing. Following whatever action C.B.2 takes, the next stage will be consideration by the office of Borough President Eric Adams.