It's Our Armory!  ¡Es Nuestra Armería!
  • Petitioned Ruben Diaz Jr

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Bronx Borough President
Ruben Diaz Jr
Fernando Cabrera

It's Our Armory! ¡Es Nuestra Armería!

    1. Taleigh Smith
    2. Petition by

      Taleigh Smith

      New York, United States

April 2013


Taleigh Smith: Friends, I am proud to share the news that the Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition has finally signed a Community Benefits Agreement for the Kingsbridge Armory! We believe it is the best in the nation and will set new precedent for community-driven development! In addition to the benefits listed in the press release below and attached, we have ensured: - wall-to-wall green jobs; - at least 51% Bronx procurement, which will serve as a long-term economic engine for our local contractor and supply base; - scholarships for Bronx residents to study renewable energy and green building design; - an after-school sports program for local youth; a guarantee of healthy food for sale and a ban on plastic bottles! Stay-tuned for our upcoming community celebration, and stay attentive so these promises become reality and don't fall the way of the Atlantic Yards or Yankee Stadium. With over 25 local signatories (including my worker-owned cooperative Concrete Green!) and thousands of supporters, we intend to use this CBA as a foundation for the next 99 years of positive community development in the Kingsbridge neighborhood and throughout the Bronx!

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Sign this petition to show your support for the Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment Alliance (KARA)’s community benefits principles.

We, the undersigned urge our political leaders to engage in a meaningful dialogue with the community to ensure that there is responsible development at the Kingsbridge Armory.

We need:

·         living wage jobs for local residents,

·         community space with affordable arts and recreation,

·          healthy, green building design and programs,

·         opportunities for our low-income entrepreneurs,

·          no big box retail that competes with our local businesses,

·         a new high quality school at our Kingsbridge Armory.

We are tired of development projects that end in broken promises and are urging Bronx politicians to work with their constituents to reach an enforceable agreement with the developer that we can count on!



Firme esta petición para apoyar a los principios de beneficios para la comunidad articulados por La Alianza para la Remodelación de la Armería Kingsbridge (KARA).

Nosotros, los firmantes, pedimos a nuestros líderes políticos que se reúnan con la comunidad en un dialogo profundo para asegurar que el proyecto que venga a la Armería Kingsbridge sea un proyecto responsable.

Nosotros necesitamos:

·         Salarios justos para residentes locales,

·         espacio para el arte y la recreación a bajo costo,

·         programas ambientales y saludables en diseño e implementación,

·         oportunidades para empresarios de bajos recursos económicos,

·         protección para nuestros negocios locales; ningún distribuidor mayorista

·         nuevas escuelas de alta calidad en el área de La Armería Kingsbridge.


Estamos cansados de proyectos que terminan con falsas promesas y insistimos que trabajen con sus constituyentes para hacer un acuerdo que se puede aplicar, con un promotor con quien podemos contar!


Recent signatures


    1. Kingsbridge Armory Town Hall! 6-8pm 7/24 ¡Foro Público sobre la Armería de

      Taleigh Smith
      Petition Organizer

      Greetings Friends of the Kingsbridge Armory!

      ¡Saludos, amig@s de la Armería de Kingsbridge! español sigue abajo.***

      You are invited to join a Kingsbridge Armory Town Hall
      6-8pm Thursday, July 24th
      St. Nicholas of Tolentine
      2331 University Ave, just south of Fordham Road

      The impending redevelopment of our Armory as the Kingsbridge National Ice Center and our 99-year Community Benefits Agreement present a host of opportunities and challenges. Please join us to create a Plan of Action to bring benefits to fruition and address potential threats, such as rising rents for local businesses and residents.

      This Townhall is the first Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment Alliance (KARA) meeting since the close of CBA negotiations, and is open to all Bronx residents, CBA signatories, and KARA stakeholders. NWBCCC affiliates are encouraged to attend and bring interested members.

      *** Estan invitados a unirse a un
      Foro Público sobre la Armería de Kingsbridge
      6 a 8 pm Jueves, 24 de julio
      La Iglesia San Nicolás de Tolentino
      Gimnasio de las Hermanas Dominicas
      2331 University Avenue, al sur de Fordham Road

      La remodelación inminente de nuestra Armería Kingsbridge como el Centro Nacional de Hielo, y nuestro Acuerdo de Beneficios para la Comunidad (CBA) por los próximos 99 años presentan una serie de oportunidades y desafíos. Por favor únase a nosotros para crear un Plan de Acción para garantizar los beneficios y enfrentar a las amenazas potenciales, como la subida de los alquileres para los inquilinos y las empresas locales.

      Este Foro Público es la primera reunión de la Alianza para la Remodelación de la Armería de Kingsbridge (KARA) desde el cierre de las negociaciones del CBA, y está abierto a todos los residentes del Bronx, signatarios del CBA, y los demás partes interesadas de KARA. Se anima a los afiliados de la Coalición de Clero y Comunidad del Noroeste del Bronx asistir y traer a los miembros interesados.

    2. Vote Yes for the Kingsbridge National Ice Center Online!

      Taleigh Smith
      Petition Organizer

      Follow the News 12 link below so you can vote yes to the Armory Proposal

      AND THEN FORWARD the link to your networks

      News 12 Bronx- Community Polls

      Get up-to-date information on public opinion regarding major issues on Bronx and the United States on News 12 Bronx.

    3. Northwest Bronx Asks Council to Say YES 11am at City Hall TOMORROW Dec 4

      Taleigh Smith
      Petition Organizer

      New Yorkers in support of Living Wages and progressive Community Benefits Agreements with developers will join their Northwest Bronx allies on the steps of City Hall on Wednesday, December 4th at 11AM for a press conference to urge the City Council to vote yes on the Kingsbridge National Ice Center (KNIC) plans for the historic Kingsbridge Armory.

      Join us to set precedent for good development in NYC!

    4. BP Public Hearing on KNIC at the Armory: Friday, September 20th

      Taleigh Smith
      Petition Organizer

      TOMORROW, Friday September 20th at 3pm, the Bronx Borough President wants YOU to tell him if the Bronx wants the KNIC / KARA Community Benefits Agreement ! If you can't be there in person, you can still make your presence known virtually!

      What: BP Public Hearing on KNIC's Proposal for the Armory
      When: Friday, September 20th, 3 PM - 5 PM
      Where: Bronx Borough Courthouse (851 Grand Concourse) room 915, D and 4 trains to Yankee Stadium.

      This Tuesday, 50 members took a strong stand for development at the Armory that develops people. Community Board 7 heard from 20 NWBCCC, KARA and SBU leaders who testified on the precedent-setting community benefits we won at the Armory, then voted in overwhelming support of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center project -- 20 to 5!

      Will you to stand up once more for good development at the Armory? Testimony is limited to one minute, but you can tweet all night! Email for help with talking points or hash tags.

      Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition | Just another WordPress site

      The Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition has a tradition of broad-based, membership driven, social justice community organizing. We build power through relational organizing and issue campaigns that recruit and train individual and institutional members, energize institutions, win concrete victories that improve material conditions for community members, change public and private policies that affect the Northwest Bronx, and alter the relations of power.

    5. You've signed, now make a call!

      Taleigh Smith
      Petition Organizer

      On Monday from 9am-5pm, please call Borough President Diaz Jr.: 718-590-3557, Councilman Fernando Cabrera: 347-590-2874

      Tell them: Hi my name is _______ from _______. It is important to me to see _________ (choose what is most important to you from our community benefits principles) at the Kingsbridge Armory. I’m calling to say that we need Councilman Cabrera/Borough President Diaz to meet with KARA before December about the redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory. The community needs to be at the table! Thank you.

      KARA's Community Benefits Principles:
      Full time, living wage jobs
      75% of jobs go to Bronx residents
      50,000 square feet of community space
      Business opportunities for local entrepreneurs
      LEED Gold sustainable design
      No big box retail
      Community space
      Business opportunities for local entrepreneurs
      LEED Gold sustainable design
      No big box retail
      Community benefits agreement and our priorities in the lease with the city

    6. Community Board Mtg on the Armory: 10-11 6:30pm

      Taleigh Smith
      Petition Organizer

      The following came to us from Community Board # 7

      Dear Community Residents, Business, Institutions, and all other interested parties:

      This is to inform you that the Community Board will be hosting a community input meeting regarding the potential redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory. This meeting will take place at Monroe College’s King Hall Auditorium, located at 2501 Jerome Avenue, on Thursday, October 11th from 6:30PM to 8:30PM. Please refer to our community calendar for any changes or updates regarding this meeting by visiting:

      also, SAVE THE DATE: Stand up for a deal we can count on!

      When: Wednesday, October 17th at 6:30 PM, doors open at 6pm
      Where: Gymnasium of St. Nicholas of Tolentine School at 2336 Andrews Ave
      #aDealWeCanCountOn @ourArmory

      Organized by KARA & NWBCCC

    7. Get involved for transparency and community at the Armory!

      Taleigh Smith
      Petition Organizer

      -Come to the next general KARA meeting Thursday, September 27th from 630-8pm at 2471 University Avenue in the basement office. Press the buzzer next to the gated door to the left of the lobby.

      -Sign up for the month of prayer or host a workshop to educate your organization on responsible development

      -Help circulate our petition in your organization. We already have over 1000 signatures! (Many more were collected on paper than online!)

      -Mobilize for our big community rally on Wednesday, October 17th at 6pm at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church on the corner of Fordham Road and University Avenue

      -Ask your neighbors what they want to see at our Armory. Tell them about our Community Benefits Principles:
      1. Living Wage Jobs Wall to Wall
      2. Community Space
      3. Sustainable Design and Programming
      4. Opportunities for Local Small Businesses and Cooperatives
      5. No Retail that Actively Competes with Surrounding Businesses
      6. A New, High Quality School

    8. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • richard jr, salas BRONX, NY, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      To me i feel that it is important because it willl proviode living wage jobs to tenns and to alson keep teens out of the streets and out of trouble. it will also help our economic rate grow because of how many jobs they are going to be inside of the armory and um it will decrease the amount of violence in our community. i am 15 years old and i will like to have a job so i can help out my mother finacially.KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!!! by the way im a youth leader at Sistas and Brothas united and im pat of this organizing soo lol

    • Stephanie Pennacchia LOS ANGELES, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      This is important to me for many reasons: because I believe in the right to the living wage, because the Bronx deserves access to better educational systems and spaces, and because as a Fordham graduate, I have bore witness to the injustice that exists in the Bronx community. It is an obligation to advocate on the behalf of this vibrant and resilient community of people.

    • Kellie Terry BRONX, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      This is important to me because I owe it to my sons to work on real equitable, just and sustainable development options for the bronx

      • about 2 years ago

      porque mi familia vive en el bronx y se las necesidades que hay alla.

    • H J BX, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      From the armory to the South BRonx waterfront and the fight to boycott and stop Fresh Direct


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