The city may scrap plans to build pricey condos as part of a controversial development plan for Brooklyns Bedford Union Armory, officials said Tuesday.
The de Blasio administration is pushing the project to build a new recreation center and housing at the Crown Heights armory, but the plan has drawn fierce protests in the neighborhood and struggled to gain support from the City Council, which must approve it.
Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo (D-Brooklyn) has especially focused her opposition on the more than 40 market rate condos slated for the site.
That is something we are currently reevaluating, Economic Development Corporation president James Patchett said at a hearing.
City councilwoman takes stand against Brooklyn armory conversion
The mayor is seriously considering this policy in a citywide basis, and whether it is appropriate under any circumstances to be providing condos on city-owned property, he said.
The plan includes a total of 56 condos, 20% of which will have income restrictions. It also calls for 330 rental apartments, half of them with income restrictions, in addition to the large sports and recreation center.
The condos were originally supposed to generate cash to help pay for the rec center.
Cumbo said she is sticking by her opposition for now.
I oppose the proposal that is in front of us today, she said. I will reject this application unless I can secure a project that at baseline has no market rate condos or luxury condos.