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Judge rules against group trying to halt sale of Brooklyn Heights Library

“A group that had sought to stop the controversial sale and development of the Brooklyn Heights Library lost its case in court last week when state Supreme Court Justice Justice Dawn Jiminez-Salta rejected its claims.Love Brooklyn Libraries, Inc., headed by Brooklyn resident Marsha Rimler, had challenged the project’s environmental review, but the court dismissed the claims on July 7, saying they lacked merit.” (via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

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Group files federal complaint over sale of Brooklyn Heights Library

“An advocacy group filed a complaint with the United States Attorney’s Office on Tuesday over the planned $52 million sale of the Brooklyn Heights Library to developer Hudson Companies.The organization Love Brooklyn Libraries! (LBL!) contends that Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has been misrepresenting its capital funds in order to facilitate a real estate grab.” (via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

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Community group claims $52M Brooklyn Heights library sale is unnecessary

“Anger over the $52 million sale of Brooklyn Heights library land to the Hudson Cos. has yet to subside with a group and residents alleging in a complaint that the sale was not necessary.“The Brooklyn Public Library has persisted in feigning capital poverty and manufacturing a so-called crisis to further a lucrative real-estate deal which will potentially benefit the library,” residents and a group called Love Brooklyn Libraries alleged in a complaint filed with the attorney general and city Law Department on Jan. 15.” (via The Real Deal)

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EXCLUSIVE: Brooklyn Public Library deal reportedly falls short of market value, leaves NYC shortchanged

“The Brooklyn Public Library is getting shortchanged on a controversial development deal, a new report claims. Developer Hudson Companies is set to shell out $52 million for the site where the Brooklyn Heights branch is located. But the analysis finds that’s just 68% to 78% of the true market value — or $16 million to $26 million less than a fair price.” (NY Daily News)

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NY libraries shouldn’t be selling land — especially to build ‘affordable housing’

“Is de Blasio’s New York making life better for future generations — or worse? If the city lets the Brooklyn Heights library sell public land to raise money for repairs, it won’t be the end of the world. But it will be part of a steady erosion in safeguarding the civic trust we hold for our children. To make a long story short: We’ll be exchanging something that lasts forever for something that won’t.” (via NY Daily News)

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