Bedford Armory development plan irks residents, officials

Residents attended a meeting Saturday regarding the redevelopment of the Bedford Armory as a mixed-use property.



The armory is being converted into a multi-use facility by BFC Partners. The firm claims it will have 300 units of housing, half of which will be affordable. It will also include a recreation center.



Neighbors who spoke to News 12 Brooklyn said they were opposed to the redevelopment plan.



"Currently, they are proposing 30 to 45 $1 million-apiece condominiums, something this community cannot afford," says Assemblywoman Diana Richardson.



Some say the current plan isn't affordable at all.



"You have to earn anywhere from $89,000 to $99,000 for a family of four...Not here in this community," says Donna Mossman, of Crown Heights.



City Comptroller Scott Stringer believes that from a budget perspective, the city can get it done.



"There's 1,100 vacant lots in this city, 566 are in Brooklyn," says Stringer. "They have been vacant lots for 30 to 50 years. Why can't we develop affordable housing in those lots? The people own these properties. These are taxpayer properties."



The NYC Economic Development Corporation said in a statement, "The Bedford Union project is the product of an open and competitive RFP process that followed months of engagement with hundreds of members of the Crown Heights community. The goals of the Bedford Union RFP were directly shaped by our public engagement, and NYCEDC is confident it selected the best overall project to deliver on community priorities."


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