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Council approves Bronx housing development with nearly 1,000 ‘affordable’ units

A project that will bring nearly 1,000 new apartments to the Bronx got approval from the City Council Wednesday.

The La Central development in Melrose is set to include five buildings with 992 apartments — all of them designated as affordable housing — as well as a new YMCA, skate park and observatory for Bronx Science.

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Mark-Viverito calls for City Hall to be more ‘proactive’ after La Central approval

The City Council unanimously approved on Wednesday a development project in the Bronx that is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new Mandatory Inclusionary Housing policy designed to build more affordable housing units across the city.

But with its approval, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito also suggested City Hall could do more to improve negotiations between local members, the city, and the communities slated for development.

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A Very Tall Rental in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens

The developers of a rental building in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn, that got off to a rough start, with some neighbors suing to halt construction, are hoping that time has healed wounds now that leasing has begun. The Parkline, a 254-unit development from the Hudson Companies at 626 Flatbush Avenue, near Prospect Park, soars 23 stories, putting it head and shoulders above much of the low-lying area.

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Brooklyn Heights Library Branch Closes Ahead of Redevelopment

An interim branch opened on Remsen Street while Cadman Plaza West gets redeveloped into a condo building

The interim library at Our Lady of Lebanon Church on Remsen Street is open for business as controversial plans to demolish the existing Brooklyn Heights Library move forward. The Brooklyn Heights Library, located on Cadman Plaza West, closed its doors yesterday to make way for its redevelopment into a 36-story mixed-use building, with a new library as part of the tower’s design.

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Brooklyn Heights Library closes, interim library opens on Remsen Street

After a prolonged fight by advocacy groups to keep it open, the Brooklyn Heights Library at 280 Cadman Plaza West closed its doors at the end of the day on Tuesday and was set to open an interim site in the refurbished social room of Our Lady of Lebanon Church, 109 Remsen St., at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

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