With all the controversy surrounding the Bedford-Union Armory redevelopment, BRIC TV yesterday invited two communities leaders to weigh in on the current proposal.
The two leaders are Geoffrey Davis, the Democratic District leader for the 43rd Assembly District and the founder/president of the James E. Davis Stop Violence Foundation, and Bertha Lewis. founder/president of The Black Institute.
The $196 million dollar redevelopment project of the City-owned property currently calls for the City to grant a 99-year lease to BFC Developers to repurpose the armory into 330 rental units of housing, 50% of which will be affordable to low- and middle-income residents; and 56 condominium units, 20% of which will be affordable to middle-income.
The redevelopment will also include a new 67,000-square-foot recreational space featuring basketball courts, multi-sport courts and a competitive-length swimming pool to serve local youth sports leagues, senior programs and others. New commercial office space will be offered at discounted rates for local small businesses and non-profits in need of affordable rents.
Check out the different views on the following video: