C.B. 2 Land Use Committee to Reconsider Library Issue Tomorrow Evening

Tomorrow (Monday, July 6) at 6:30 p.m. in the Founders’ Hall of St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, there will be a meeting of the Community Board 2 Land Use Committee to reconsider the proposed sale by Brooklyn Public Library of the Brooklyn Heights branch to a developer who seeks to raze the existing structure and build a high rise apartment and commercial building with a new library on its ground floor and in some below grade space. At its previous meeting, the Committee “could not reach an affirmative vote.” While no time has been scheduled for public comment, Citizens Defending Libraries is urging members of the public to attend.

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  • Robert Perris

    Just to be completely clear, the public hearing on these applications is closed and no additional testimony will be accepted.

  • Willow Street Watch

    Notice what we’re being given here…a warning…!

    The wonderful CB2; In reality All the open atmosphere, responsiveness and consideration of the public opinion as a Soviet show trial….

    Just the arrogance which exudes from the average elected type, ev en down to this street level, is alarming and should be a wake up call to the average American how far we have lost control…

    But if we had a leadership which would take the measures to stop this
    nonsense, the well, Heights wreckers, would be finished.

    All it takes is the right leaders…..

  • Robert Perris

    And here I thought I was potentially sparing people from frustration or disappointment.

  • Eddyde

    Obviously that “leadership” does not include you.

  • Willow Street Watch

    I don’t seek leadership. Only to make a contribution.

    But , once again, I have observe, that rock throwing is not being contributive……

  • Willow Street Watch

    The nature of your post gave the very false impression that no public comments at all would be allowed. This, of course, craftly , tends to discourage attendance.

    Incidents like your submission are exactly why people feel that we have an entrenched, unfeeling, out-of-control government.

    I notice that by your basic structure that your meetings are SET UP so that your “community” board votes BEFORE any community comments are allowed to be heard!!!

    All of you got your just desserts when one of the real community residents stated that the entire process was corrupt…

  • MaryT

    Couldn’t go, any updates?

  • Robert Perris

    Oh, please. There was a two-and-a-half hour public hearing the month before.

  • Reggie

    The committee voted in favor with various conditions; an endowment for future capital needs, no reduction in size (poorly defined), and some vague reference to a community benefits agreement.

  • Willow Street Watch

    At which You first told the crowd that it wasn’t a public hearing, this gave many the very false impression that public comments were not going to be heard. Something you did nothing to dispell. This is why you had people from the audience shouting that the proceedings resembled a soviet show trial and others shouting that the whole procedure was stacked. I was there I SAW your behavior and the very understandable reaction to it. ONLY then when the meeting teetered on chaos, was it finally disclosed that those present would have the opportunity to speak. Don’t tell me this didn’t all happen I was THERE to watch all of the above!!!

  • Robert Perris

    If you are referring to the July 6 meeting, yes, it was not a public hearing and the community board did not take any additional testimony. But that should not be confused with the Community Forum, scheduled at the end of every committee meeting, at which the public always can speak. You clearly are not familiar with how the community board operates, did not take steps to learn how the hearings and committee meetings are structured, and then you shout accusations after the fact as if the explanation for your confusion is some conspiracy.