By Sherry Mazzocchi
Call it the interim iteration.
In an email sent to Inwood patrons Friday March 8, Inwood Library Manager Danita Nichols said a temporary site has been designated for the uptown branch.
It is 4857 Broadway, one block north of the existing branch. The location, otherwise known as The Stack, is a modular apartment building built in 2014. One of its two street level storefronts has been vacant for more than two years, except for occasional use as a pop-up art gallery by Inwood Art Works.
“While we are all fond of the current branch because of its collections, programs, classes, and welcoming atmosphere (and thank you to my staff for that), I can personally attest that the current building hinders us from doing all we can to support our patrons,” Nichols wrote.
The current branch at 4790 Broadway will be demolished and rebuilt in a substantially different form.
The resulting 14-story structure will be “100 percent affordable housing,” according to a request for proposals (RFP) by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). The completed building will also have a universal pre-kindergarten facility in addition to the new library.
However, according to NYC.gov, only 40 percent of the homes will remain “permanently affordable.”
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