After a long struggle, Build Up NYC and its coalition partners have won a huge victory for the Brooklyn Heights Community. The coalition successfully reshaped the Brooklyn Heights library redevelopment into a great project for Brooklyn. The project will help keep Brooklyn affordable for families, improve options for schools, increase library space and provide good jobs for Brooklynites.
A Better Deal for Brooklyn
The 114 new units of affordable housing will actually be affordable for Brooklyn families. Not only did coalition of labor and community members get an increase in the size of the rebuilt library, the community is getting a whole new library in Vinegar Hill, and the new Brooklyn Heights library will be open seven days a week. The new plan includes a 9,000 square foot STEM lab in the Cadman Plaza building to prepare students for the global economy.
The Brooklyn Public Library system may also get a portion of the profits from the sale of the new condos. And the Hudson Companies, the developer of the project, has signed agreements for good jobs with benefits for workers.
Build Up NYC and coalition partners fought for and won good jobs, affordable housing, better schools and libraries. A victory that makes Brooklyn stronger.