Thursday, November 19, 2015

Yesterday at City Hall and CB7

As vote nears, no consensus on Brooklyn Heights library development (Politico)

After four hours of public testimony on Wednesday, City Councilman Steve Levin said he was still unsure whether to support a controversial proposal to redevelop the Brooklyn Heights public library. The proposal has the backing of the de Blasio administration but has generated a fierce debate among residents in Levin's Council district. 
Some are angry that developer Hudson Companies intends to shrink the library's footprint, others believe the so-called affordable housing won't actually be affordable and many are suspicious about the finances of the planned $52 million sale of a public asset to a private builder. 
Residents on both sides of the fight filled Council chambers to speak at the committee hearing, where members grilled Hudson Companies principal David Kramer and public officials about the deal.

And there are more details on yesterdays's meeting at Brownstoner.  As one might expect, Brownstoner commenters remain unimpressed by any opposition to plans for sale and development at Cadman Plaza.

Another Brooklyn Community Board Rejects Mayor's Affordable Housing Plan (DNAinfo) 
A community board scarred by past zoning battles voted down two key pieces of Mayor Bill de Blasio's affordable housing initiative Wednesday night, joining the tide of local groups pushing back against the proposals.

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