City Council votes to pass controversial Bedford-Union Armory project

Project still faces opposition, including lawsuit from Legal Aid

New York /
Nov.November 30, 2017 05:05 PM

Bedford-Union Armory

The New York City Council has given its seal of approval to the controversial Bedford-Union Armory plan in Crown Heights.

After years of often contentious debate, the council voted to approve the project—which will bring 400 apartments and a recreation center to Crown Heights—during its Thursday afternoon session by a vote of 43 to 2, with one abstention.

Local Council member Laurie Cumbo had originally opposed the project from developer BFC Partners but came out in favor of it after officials increased its affordable housing component and removed its market rate condos.

She said during the council session that the neighborhoods surrounding the armory are “communities in crisis” and that they cannot wait five more years for the project to arrive.

“This is progress,” she said. “This is getting something done in our term.”

Under the current plan, the armory would feature 250 affordable apartments with monthly rents between $521 and $1,166. It would also include a recreation center, with half of the memberships going to local residents for $10 per month.

The plan still faces resistance from the Legal Aid Society, which filed a lawsuit against the city on Wednesday arguing that the project should not be allowed to move forward based on a flawed method it used for evaluating tenant displacement.

Brooklyn Council member Inez Barron voiced her disapproval of the plan during Thursday’s vote.

“Affordability is a dangling participle,” she said. “It needs to say affordable to whom.”

Kathryn Brenzel contributed reporting.


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Gary Barnett has another problem at UES site: a stabilized tenant
Gary Barnett has another problem at UES site: a stabilized tenant
Gary Barnett has another problem at UES site: a stabilized tenant
Huge home headache hassles North Fork locals
Huge home headache hassles North Fork locals
Huge home headache hassles North Fork locals
Vornado's Steve Roth and a rendering of 93-30 93rd Street (Getty, JLL)
Vornado looks to sell Rego Park development site for $85M
Vornado looks to sell Rego Park development site for $85M
1301 Metropolitan Avenue and 151 East 90th Street (Google Maps)
Industrial, multifamily, retail sales punctuated midsize deals last week
Industrial, multifamily, retail sales punctuated midsize deals last week
Gotham Organization Chairman Joel Picket with the proposed development at 130 Felix Street. (Getty, 130 Felix)
These projects just beat the rezoning deadline
These projects just beat the rezoning deadline
BLDG Management founder Lloyd Goldman (iStock)
BLDG plans 800K-sf tower in Long Island City
BLDG plans 800K-sf tower in Long Island City
Gary Barnett and Jay and Stuart Podolsky in front of 1645 First Avenue (Getty, Google Maps)
Gary Barnett site has one problem: the Podolsky brothers
Gary Barnett site has one problem: the Podolsky brothers
Oceanwide’s US business is sinking. Can it right the ship?
Oceanwide’s US business is sinking. Can it right the ship?
Oceanwide’s US business is sinking. Can it right the ship?
arrow_forward_ios

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

Loading...