Armory not updating oct 2016
De Blasio appointed Patchett to the post this January. 2016, he paid $1.8 million for property on Park Place between Nostrand and New York avenues.But anti-gentrification advocates strongly oppose the plan’s affordable housing component, which they claim offers only 18 of 330 rental units at rates within the means of longtime Crown Heights residents.Opponents also blast the more than 50 luxury condos the scheme calls for, which they argue will draw an affluent out-of-town set, leading nearby property values to spike if and when the project concludes, according to another activist.Daryl Bloodsaw, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Crown Heights, was scheduled to deliver nearly 400 letters backing the project to Borough Hall on Monday."As you may well know, it cannot be mere coincidence that BFC's pledge of $500,000 to Bloodsaw aka LDCCH has encouraged the Reverend to push against community preference and outcry....(BFC knows exactly who to buy with their lengthy history of pay-to-play).
From a March 2017 DNA story: CROWN HEIGHTS — Days before a key public meeting on the controversial Bedford-Union Armory redevelopment proposal, the developer is promising to set aside at least $500,000 from the sale of condominiums on the site to create a fund for new affordable housing elsewhere in the neighborhood.
“Patchett bought the property knowing that he could influence the armory deal, and benefit from rising home prices on the gentrifying blocks surrounding the building,” said Celia Weaver, a director of advocacy group New York Communities for Change.