Promised Public Library and Arts Spaces Take Step Closer to Reality at 300 Ashland in Fort Greene

Photo by Craig Hubert

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Condominium declaration documents hit public records Friday for eight separate units at 300 Ashland Place, paving the way for the arrival of the long-promised Brooklyn Public Library and cultural organizations.

Two of the units are referred to in the documents as residential, five more as commercial condo units, and the final a cultural unit. (The individual residences are rentals.) Sponsor and developer Two Trees filed the papers under the name 20 Lafayette Avenue Condominium.

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The site in 2018. Photo by Craig Hubert

Notice of the condo offering can be viewed on the New York State attorney general’s site; the condo declaration and map can be viewed on ACRIS.

Located at the corner of Flatbush and Lafayette avenues in Fort Greene, the metal-clad mixed-use building opened in 2016. Back in 2013, when plans for the TEN Arquitectos-designed building, also known as BAM South, were filed, developer Two Trees announced that 50,000 square feet of the building would be dedicated to cultural organizations, including a new branch of the Brooklyn Library.

But since then, the cultural organizations have not appeared and there has been little news of their status.

We wrote about the situation in October 2018. According to organizations involved in the project at the time, the opening date appeared to be closer to 2020. At the time, the Brooklyn Public Library and the Brooklyn Academy of Music confirmed their involvement, while two other organizations, MoCADA and 651 Arts, did not respond to requests for comment.

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