This is a short list of our most frequently asked questions. For more information about the Project, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why not keep the existing library building?
The building was built in 1962 and was designed to house both a library and Federal fallout shelter. According to an estimate provided by the NYC Department of Design and Construction and verified by a third party consultant, the building has over $9 million in outstanding capital needs: $3.6 million for an HVAC replacement; $4.2 million in upgrades to the boiler, lighting, roof and site drainage; $1 million for a new elevator and $0.5 million for fire safety and security enhancements. It is also poorly laid out, with too little space for public service and too much space for staff and storage. The spaces inside have low ceilings and little natural light and also have limited adaptability. Moreover, the building lacks the basic functionality of a modern library – collaborative areas, flexible workspaces and the infrastructure to support cutting-edge technology. Even if BPL were able to come up with the more than $9 million just to upgrade the vital infrastructure, it wouldn’t address the layout and functionality issues.
What is happening to the Business & Career Library (B&CL) currently located at 280 Cadman Plaza West?
Brooklyn Heights was originally chosen to host the B&CL due to its proximity to Lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn’s business, finance, insurance and law firms. Due to rapid changes in technology, the primary users of the B&CL have also changed. For this reason, BPL has long planned to move the B&CL to the Central Library. Once relocated, jobseekers and entrepreneurs, many of whom live and work outside the downtown Brooklyn area, will enjoy the expanded hours, interdisciplinary resources, and modern work and study spaces that the Central Library provides. Many of the B&CL’s programs will take place in the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons, Brooklyn Public Library’s newest space for collaborative learning. Additionally, relocating to a more central location will provide access to this resource for all of Brooklyn.
Will there be a community facility use?
At the conclusion of the ULURP, Hudson and the Department of Education (DOE) came to an agreement to include a 9,000 square foot STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) lab for students in School District 13.
What other libraries are benefitting from this deal?
So far, BPL has announced that the Walt Whitman branch will be getting $6 million, the Pacific branch will be getting $3.5 million, the Washington Irving branch will be getting $5 million, and the Sunset Park branch will be getting $8 million. This represents approximately 50% of the funds available to improve libraries. There will be further announcements identifying additional branch libraries that will receive funding from this project.
How can I apply for the affordable units?
The 114 units of affordable housing will likely be completed in 2018. Marketing of the affordable units to the public typically start 6 months prior to completion. IMPACCT (formerly Pratt Area Community Council), which will be handling the marketing, will send announcements to Community Board 2 and make outreach efforts to various local community organizations. It will also buy advertisements in local- and city-wide newspapers. The ads can also be found on NYC Housing Connect, where you can sign up for email notices and apply online.
Please note: This is not an offering. No offering can be made until an offering plan is filed with the Department of Law of the State of New York.