Williamsburg community center project gets nearly $1M in public funds

Marty Markowitz

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A shuttered fire station in Williamsburg is one step closer to beginning its transformation into a community center, the Brooklyn Paper reported, after raking in almost $900,000 in public funds yesterday. Engine 212, located at 134 Wythe Avenue between North 8th and North 9th streets, needs roughly $2 million to complete its redevelopment. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz allocated $742,000 in public funds for the facility, which has been shuttered for around seven years, while Assembly member Joe Lentol and City Council member Steve Levin made pledges of $150,000 and $350,000, respectively. Once the renovation is completed, the building will be used as office space for local non-profit groups and as a gallery for local artists. [Brooklyn Paper]