Brooklyn Public Library will build a new Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center at the site of the existing branch. Funded by a $5 million grant from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, $1.8 million from the NY State Education Department, and over $14 million in Library and City capital funding, the new branch will provide significantly more space—indoor and outdoor—to house expanded programs and activities.
The Environmental Education Center will provide programs, information and special collections that increase awareness and stewardship of the local environment. The center will offer space for community and environmental groups to hold meetings and public events.
The building will be a model of sustainable development, exceeding LEED Gold Green Building Certification requirements.
The current renderings are available here. The project is under construction and subject to change.
- BPL was awarded the GCEF legacy grant in December 2014. Winners were selected by community vote and with oversight from the New York State Office of the Attorney General and Department of Environmental Conservation.
- BPL formed a Community Advisory Committee in March 2015 comprised of local environmental groups, elected officials and neighborhood organizers.
- The architects Marble Fairbanks were selected in September 2015.
- The branch hosted a community design workshop in October 2015; patrons were able to vote for their favorite features in the library for a month.
- During Fall 2015-2016, BPL and Marble Fairbanks worked to develop the new building design, incorporating feedback from the Community Advisory Committee, various City agencies, and members of the public.
- Greenpoint Library closed to the public in July 2017 for demolition. BPL is providing book mobile service and offsite programs with community partners.
- Excavation began in Fall 2017.
- The new library is scheduled to open in Spring 2019.
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The Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) is a $19.5 million grant program created by the State of New York with monies obtained through a settlement with ExxonMobil over its Greenpoint oil spill. GCEF’s goal is to fund projects that will address the Greenpoint community’s environmental priorities through a process that is open, transparent, and ensures ongoing engagement and partnership with the community.