Spoiler alerts ahead.
After months of speculation, the city has revealed long-awaited details for the redevelopment of the Inwood Library.
On Tues., Mar. 6th, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), Housing Development Corporation (HDC) and New York Public Library (NYPL) announced plans to redevelop the current library into a 14-story building featuring 175 affordable apartments, a new public library, a community center and a Pre-K facility.
The project — named The Eliza in honor of Eliza Hamilton — will be developed as a joint venture between the Community League of the Heights (CLOTH), Ranger Properties, Alembic and the Children’s Village.
“Through Housing New York, we strive to pair affordable housing development with the dynamic community spaces that neighborhoods need to thrive,” said HPD Commissioner María Torres-Springer. “The Eliza — fittingly named for one of the earliest supporters of the Inwood library and a champion of literacy and education — weds deeply affordable homes with a beautifully redesigned library and a new Pre-K facility that will benefit the Inwood neighborhood for generations to come.”
The new, three-story library will be funded through capital funding from HPD and a $5 million dollar grant from the Robin Hood Foundation.
“Inwood is a diverse and vibrant community of passionate library users — families who attend our popular early literacy events, students who need our after-school programs or ESOL classes, and readers of all ages,” said NYPL President Tony Marx, a native of Inwood. “The new Inwood Library will provide patrons, young and old, with a larger library that supports the opportunities for success they deserve, offering greater access to books, technology, and programs that ensure the vitality of the neighborhood.”