BROOKLYN - Community members got a first look at the vacant Bedford Union Armory in Crown Heights Wednesday while ideas surrounding its future continue to flood in.

The Economic Development Corporation announced that it is looking for a developer to convert the facility into a community space. The 138,000-square-foot facility on Bedford Avenue has been vacant since 2011.

Local community members were invited to the armory to share their thoughts and ideas about the future of the armory. Some Brooklyn residents told News 12 they would welcome a community center and would like to see a place for recreation for the neighborhood.

Borough President Marty Markowitz has pledged $1 million toward the project.

Organizers say the project is in the planning phase. Potential developers have until Jan. 23 to submit their ideas.