EDC postpones hearing on Bedford Union Armory
by Patrick Kearns
Feb 01, 2017 | 1629 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pressure from the public and elected officials forced the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to postpone a public meeting on the controversial Bedford Union Armory project.

EDC was originally planning to hold a meeting on the environmental review for the project, which calls for 300 housing units, a 45,000-square-foot recreational facility, and retail space, on January 26.

"We cannot trivialize the opportunity to repurpose this armory for the benefit of the Crown Heights community,” Borough President Eric Adams and Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo said in a joint statement. “This process should not be hurried in order to ensure the inclusion of diverse ideas and perspectives,.”

Since the original announcement of the plan back in 2015, the project has had several issues. Now, a group of federal and state elected officials are calling for more transparency regarding the financing.

“When you’re entrusting someone with a valuable asset, you need to examine the fine print,” said Stat Senator Jesse Hamilton. “Advocates and neighborhood residents all need an opportunity to evaluate each aspect of this Bedford Union Armory development proposal.”

Back in October, elected officials also urged EDC to increase the preference of Community Board 9 residents for the housing from 50 to 80 percent, and calling for the number of one-bedroom and studio apartments to exceed no more than 40 percent of the total units.

An EDC spokesperson says there's no official date, but they anticipate a rescheduled hearing sometime in early march.

"We have met extensively with both elected leaders and community members at every stage of the process, and have consistently shared relevant details of the project," the spokesperson said. "We are always happy to engage in additional conversations, and look forward to ultimately delivering much-needed community and recreational space for Crown Heights.”

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