Last month, the City Council greenlighted the controversial plan to sell and redevelop the Brooklyn Heights Library into condos and a new library. Now the project has moved one step closer to reality, because Hudson Companies has filed building applications for a 36-story tower at 1 Clinton Street.
The Brooklyn Public Library system will make $52 million off the sale of the old Brooklyn Heights branch, a 54-year-old structure that was originally designed to house both a library and a fall-out shelter. Officials claim that money will go toward fixing aging library branches throughout the borough, which supposedly need at least $100 million in repairs.
The new building will reach 409 feet into the air and span 294,773 square feet. The library will fill 17,180 feet on the cellar and first floors, and a 930-square-foot retail space will occupy part of the ground floor along Cadman Plaza. Last we heard, the city hopes to lease part of the retail space to Brooklyn Roasting Company and include a small pop-up shop curated by Smorgasburg.
The library will have a reading room, assembly space, offices and storage, as well as an upper mezzanine with another reading room. 134 condos will be stacked on top.
The condos will begin on the second floor, with eight units, topped by 12 units on the third floor, and eight on the fourth. The remaining floors will hold fewer, larger units—two to five units each. Condo buyers will be able to choose from one- to four-bedrooms, and those larger, family-sized units will likely be on the last 12 floors.
Those 134 apartments will be spread across 276,662 square feet of residential space, for average units of 2,064 square feet. The building will offer amenities on several floors, like a screening room, gym, storage, and a 52-car garage.
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