Bronx residents weigh in on the future of the Kingsbridge Armory

Residents pitched ideas Wednesday for what to do with the Kingsbridge armory.

The 90-year-old Kingsbridge Armory takes up four blocks and has been vacant for years. Ideas for converting the armory have been floating around for quite some time, but now the community finally had a chance to share their thoughts.

At a meeting with Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr. and the Bronx Development Corporation, community group leaders and residents presented proposals ranging from making it the new home of the police academy to creating an entertainment complex. The top ideas were to build a new school, restaurant and recreation center at the site.

Missing from the meeting was a representative from the Bloomberg administration. Carrion says he is highly insulted that a rep from the mayor's office canceled last minute. But a spokesman for Mayor Bloomberg told News 12 The Bronx that nothing was going to be decided at the meeting anyway.

Carrion maintains that he will not accept a Kingsbridge Armory plan thrown at him. The city's Economic Development Corporation has said it wants the armory to be economically self-sufficient, which is fine to Bronx officials as long as it also has what residents want and need.

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