Lawmakers drop support for Bedford Armory project

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After a year of negotiations, city lawmakers have come out to oppose Mayor Bill de Blasio's proposed redevelopment of the Bedford Union Armory.

City Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo says the proposed project prioritizes luxury condominiums over affordable housing that local residents need.

"This is an incredible opportunity, but it cannot be done on luxury condominiums, it can't be done on luxury rentals," Cumbo says. "It has to be done in the way again that is reflective of the community."

Critics of the Crown Heights proposal came out to Downtown Brooklyn Thursday in anticipation of the news.

But while they say they're happy elected officials are supporting their cause, they fear the fight isn't over yet. They are asking the mayor to draw up new plans, rather than certifying the current unpopular proposal, which he is expected to do on Monday.

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