Developers unveil latest renderings of Bedford Union Armory project

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Developers have released new renderings of the proposed overhaul for the Bedford Union Armory. Developers have released new renderings of the proposed overhaul for the Bedford Union Armory.
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Developers have released new renderings of the proposed overhaul for the Bedford Union Armory.

The plan is to convert the vacant armory into more than 400 new rental apartments, a recreational facility and affordable office space for nonprofits.

Half of the memberships at the rec center would be reserved for low-income residents at a discounted rate. Residents say they hope that it becomes a positive gathering place in the community as gang violence spikes in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and Crown Heights.

MORE: Officials release renderings for Bedford Union Armory redevelopment

More than 200 apartments in the redeveloped building, backed by BFC Partners and the NYC Economic Development Corp., will go to low-income tenants.

But some longtime area residents say they still fear the project will lead to gentrification. 

Due to the opposition of some community groups, the developer nixed an earlier proposal to include condominiums.

Construction could begin this fall.

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