A controversial proposed redevelopment plan for the Brooklyn Public Library’s Brooklyn Heights branch, which includes the construction of affordable housing, received a community board’s approval, with provisions, at a heated meeting on Wednesday evening.
The board, which met at St. Francis College, voted 25 to 14 in favor, with four members abstaining.
The plan, which involves the sale of public land, next moves to the office of the borough president as it makes its way toward the City Planning Commission.
The plan calls for a private developer, Hudson Companies Inc., to replace the library building at 280 Cadman Plaza West, which requires more than $9 million in repairs, with a new building, Linda E. Johnson, the Brooklyn Public Library president and chief executive, said.
“The current building is inefficient on many fronts,” Ms. Johnson said. “We want a neighborhood library that’s worthy of the neighborhood.”
During construction, an interim library would be open at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Cathedral, the costs of which would be covered by the developer.
Ms. Johnson added that $40 million out of the $52 million from the sale of the land would go toward branches in the Brooklyn Public Library system in need: Pacific, Washington Irving, Walt Whitman and Sunset Park.