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Steps to develop Bed-Stuy theater thwarted by opposition

Son of former caretaker said he turned back work crews at Slave Theater at 1215 Fulton Street

July 30, 2014 04:00PM

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Slave Theater

Slave Theater at 1215 Fulton Street

The son of the former caretaker of Bedford-Stuyvesant’s historic Slave Theater is blocking early steps the owner is taking to develop the Fulton Street site.

Omar Hardy said he has stopped workers from entering the building to carry out jobs such as collecting soil samples, reported the Brooklyn Eagle. Now, he said he would tear down a proposed fence. The owner, Fulton Halsey Development LLC, has sought permits for the fence to keep out intruders, according to a city filing cited by the news site.

The developer purchased the building for $2.1 million last year. It is expected to build apartments on site, but no concrete plans have been released. In addition to the theater at 1215 Fulton Street, the developer also owns 10 Halsey Street, a vacant lot directly behind the property, and neighboring 16-18 Halsey, the Eagle reported.

A representative for the New Brooklyn Theater told the Eagle it had an oral agreement with Fulton Halsey Development to preserve and manage a theater space at the site. [Brooklyn Eagle]Tom DiChristopher

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