City Council approves Brooklyn’s Bedford-Union Armory project

Erin Durkin, New York Daily News

A plan to transform Brooklyn’s Bedford-Union Armory into a rec center and hundreds of apartments got final approval from the City Council Thursday.

The controversial Crown Heights project has sparked protests and a day before the vote, the Legal Aid Society filed a lawsuit attempting to stop it.

Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo struck a deal to make major changes to the project — scrapping plans for condos, and lowering the rents for apartments designated as affordable housing.

There will now be 400 apartments on the city-owned site, 250 of them with income limits and rent ranging from about $521 to $1,166.

Cumbo said the recreation center would be “something that would be world class, that you would see at a Chelsea Piers or that you would see at an Asphalt Green.”

“We wanted to have that in central Brooklyn,” she said. “We wanted to have low-income housing for the residents of Crown Heights. We haven’t seen that level of investment in so many years.”

Protesters were booted from the Council chamber, chanting “kill the deal.”

“Laurie Cumbo voted today to allow developers to privatize public land for 150 market-rate apartments that will force working people out of the community while lining the pockets of the wealthy elite,” said Jabari Brisport, who ran unsuccessfully against the Brooklyn pol.

The Council also approved a plan to rezone East Harlem to allow more housing. It’s the third neighborhood to be rezoned under Mayor de Blasio’s affordable housing plan.