Kingsbridge Armory rally, public workshop sets the stage for upcoming proposal

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The Kingsbridge Armory rally and march ends at Lehmen College, where rallygoers and community members file into a public workshop with city officials on Saturday, March 18, 2023.
Photo Max Blease


A sign of support for a community based redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory hangs on the security fence outside the defunct structure. The armory, first opened as a military base in 1917, has remained dormant since 1996, despite several failed attempts to repurpose the facility after bringing it under city management. Photo Max Blease
Community members make their voices heard at the end of the public forum by designing their own armory in groups and aligning their choices with Bronx values determined through previous public workshops. The workshop marked the last input session before the city’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) develops a comprehensive vision document, which is scheduled to be prepared by May. Photo Max Blease
The Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition hold a rally and march through the streets of the Bronx on Saturday prior to a public workshop for the redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory. The rally was held to emphasis the need for local community input in the reimagining of the historic facility. In previous discussions with the public, ideas such as turning the armory into a museum, convention space and multi-purtpose athletic facility have been floated. Photo Max Blease
City Councilmember Pierina Sanchez, who represents the 14th Council District, speaks at the public workshop held at Lehman College. Sanchez, who has been a staunch advocate for repurposing the site, told the attendees that “all I want is for my community to be heard.” She also stressed the need for community control over the Kingsbridge Armory. Photo Max Blease
A large room of attendees gather Saturday to have their voices heard in support of the redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory by EDC. The crowd was widely diverse and presentations were translated into Spanish. Photo Max Blease

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