Hasidic sect looks to nab huge Williamsburg armory

New York /
Apr.April 12, 2013 02:00 PM

As the state agency that owns the National Guard armory in Williamsburg readies the 3.2-acre site for sale, a sect of the Hasidic community that lives in the neighborhood has emerged as the most interested buyer, the New York Times reported.

The Satmar Hasidim, the area’s dominant sect, are eyeing the square-block site — currently occupied by a late-19th-century, 165,000-square-foot brick fortress — as a location for a large school, housing development and community hall. 

The Empire State Development Corporation will soon be issuing a request for proposals for the armory, which has been unoccupied for the last two years and is now used mostly for film shoots. The ESDC intends to stipulate that the land be used to benefit “the needs and priorities of the local community,” according to an earlier statement from the agency cited by the Times.

“We’re looking forward to getting the RFP and trying to come up with the best price we can afford,” Rabbi Chaim Mandel, the business administrator for United Talmudical Academy, an Orthodox day school in the neighborhood, told the Times.

Satmar leaders have been discussing plans to buy the building with an Orthodox businessman, Abraham Eisner, according to articles in Orthodox news outlets seen by the Times. Any purchase would be a complicated one — the community is deeply divided in leadership and is embroiled in numerous property disputes, the Times said. [NYT]Hiten Samtani


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Matt Lauer exposes Hamptons estate to the market
Matt Lauer exposes Hamptons estate to the market
Matt Lauer exposes Hamptons estate to the market
 Fredrik Eklund and the property (Getty, Steve Frankel)
Fredrik Eklund lists Bel Air mansion for rent as family moves to “forever home”
Fredrik Eklund lists Bel Air mansion for rent as family moves to “forever home”
Gordon Ramsey and his Lucky Cat restaurant (Lucky Cat)
Gordon Ramsay to open first South Florida restaurant in Miami Beach
Gordon Ramsay to open first South Florida restaurant in Miami Beach
This former plantation in Virginia was purchase by an Air Force veteran who later found out his relatives had been enslaved there. (Google)
Air Force vet unknowingly buys home where his ancestors were enslaved
Air Force vet unknowingly buys home where his ancestors were enslaved
The Colorado Fire burns down toward the Bixby Bridge in Big Sur, California, early Saturday morning. (Photo by Karl Mondon/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images)
Wildfire near Big Sur sends hundreds fleeing
Wildfire near Big Sur sends hundreds fleeing
360 Kingsland Avenue in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (Google)
Sitex Group pays $30M for Greenpoint industrial property
Sitex Group pays $30M for Greenpoint industrial property
(Getty)
Intel investment in new Ohio chip plant could reach $100B
Intel investment in new Ohio chip plant could reach $100B
Et tu, Caravaggio? Roman home asking $534M gets zero bids at auction
Et tu, Caravaggio? Roman home asking $534M gets zero bids at auction
Et tu, Caravaggio? Roman home asking $534M gets zero bids at auction
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...