Residents protest Bedford Armory Development
More than 100 people came together Saturday to protest the Bedford Armory Development in Crown Heights.
The project would turn the armory into a multipurpose complex with housing, a recreation facility and commercial space. Activists say they do not believe the developer will meet the needs of the Crown Heights community.
They believe the development will only further gentrifying the neighborhood and put pressure on increasing rents.
Activists say they want the city to retract its partnership with the developer and choose a nonprofit that can deliver true affordable housing to the area.
A spokesperson from the developer BFC tells News 12, "The economic realities of cross-subsidizing a new rec center and the lack of housing subsidies mean 50 percent affordability is the only option available...BFC is committed to revitalizing the Bedford Union Armory and providing much-needed facilities, affordable housing and affordable office space for the Crown Heights community."
The New York City Economic Development Corporation says this project is based on community input, and adds it will continue to work with community leaders to find ways to make the project even better.
Many protesters tell News 12 they are planning to make their voices heard at a public hearing organized by NYCEDC and Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo on March 7.