Activists want to scrap plan for Bedford-Union Armory

Anti-gentrification activists want to unload a plan to redevelop the Bedford-Union Armory and forge a new proposal from scratch.



A group of activists marched to City Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo's office Wednesday demanding that she kill the deal.



For decades, the Crown Heights Development Corporation has been trying to overhaul the site into a complex loaded with commercial space, recreational facilities and a blend of low-income, affordable and market-rate housing.



But ever since it was first proposed, activists have rallied against it. Opponents of gentrification say the move would not actually create affordable housing, and they want a completely new plan without a private developer.



The new plan, according to some activists, should only include low-income housing -- which critics say is an unrealistic goal.



Councilwoman Cumbo's office says some critics of the plan may be spreading false information about it, specifically regarding funding purported to have been set aside for the project.



"Councilmember Cumbo has not allocated any funding towards BFC Partners or Bedford Courts," her office said in statement.


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