Brooklyn Public Library has announced that geotechnical drilling to test ground quality around the site of the existing Brooklyn Heights Branch will begin this Thursday, July 23 and continue for about three weeks. The drilling, using truck mounted drill rigs, will be done during the hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. The purpose of the testing is to prepare for demolition of the Brooklyn Heights Branch and its replacement by a 33 story residential and commercial building that will include a new library; a project that has not yet completed its Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (“ULURP”), with a public hearing scheduled by Borough President Eric Adams at Borough Hall on Tuesday, August 18 starting at 6:00 p.m. The cost of the exploratory drilling is being borne by the proposed developer of the new structure, the Hudson Companies.
“As this mandatory ground quality testing takes place, the Library is working to minimize any impact on the surrounding community and ensure that our neighbors are properly notified,” said Kristie Maduro, project manager for the Brooklyn Heights Library redevelopment.
Those most affected by the drilling will be residents of Clinton Street from Clark Street to Pierrepont, as well as along Clark Street between Monroe Place and Cadman Plaza West, and on the part of Monroe Place nearest to Clark Street.