Some novel ideas for reworking Clinton Hill’s squat Washington Avenue public library are still alive but probably won’t be making the transition to reality posthaste. As the Times reported about a year ago, the Fifth Avenue Committee proposed building housing or a charter school on top of the branch as well as expanding the library’s current facilities. FAC then fine-tuned the plan so it only included a charter school and estimated the 45,000-square-foot addition to the 1974-vintage building would cost $22 million. But Councilwoman Letitia James says she’s hoping to get senior housing built on top of the library, and that plans for redeveloping this library and others (including branches in Sunset Park, Red Hook and Crown Heights) are running into trouble because building covenants on the structures restrict the ways in which they can be tweaked. What do Clinton Hillers think about the possible revamp?
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