Last Wednesday, the city’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) joined Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo and BFC Partners to break ground on the project.
The redeveloped site will feature 415 units of housing, 250 of which will be affordable at 60 percent of the area median income (AMI). Some of the apartments will be reserved for formerly homeless New Yorkers.
The residential component of the project will be developed on an adjacent property and will be built from the ground up.
“The Bedford Union Armory demonstrates this administration’s commitment to building strong neighborhoods,” Deputy Mayor Vicki Been said in a statement.
The armory itself will be repurposed into a recreational and community facility for enrichment activities and educational programs. The site will be used for computer and coding classes, dances and performances, and literacy courses.
A recreation center on site will house three basketball courts, a multi-use field for soccer, volleyball and martial arts, full-length swimming pool, fitness center and areas designated for boxing and archery.
“The reimagined Bedford Union Armory is poised to restore this historic facility to its rightful role as a community resource for residents and families in Crown Heights,” EDC President James Patchett said.
The site will also offer affordable space for nonprofits and civic organizations. Ten groups will call the armory home, including Brooklyn Community Pride Center, Carey Gabay Foundation, New Heights Youth and the West Indian American Day Carnival Association.
According to EDC, the armory will be used by local schools and yeshivas to offer literacy, STEAM and computer classes for local residents.
The redeveloped armory is expected to open by the end of 2020, with the residential components to open in 2021 and 2022.
Cumbo, who negotiated the community benefits for the project, said in a statement that the Bedford Union Armory is a “true symbol of the culture and legacy” of the neighborhood.
“We fought unwaveringly to ensure that this community space would reflect the beauty and history of Crown Heights,” she said, “and I am proud to enter this first step toward bringing out vision to fruition
“Let us join together in our collective glory and partake in this special piece of Brooklyn,” Cumbo added.