The NYC Economic Development Corporation today announced the selection of three Brooklyn non-profit organizations, including Community-Based Planning Task Force members Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (formerly Neighbors Against Garbage), to redevelop two former firehouses.
The Brooklyn Philharmonic will turn one site on Degraw Street in Cobble Hill into the BP Music Center, which will house the orchestra and serve as a community cultural center.
NAG and the People’s Firehouse will turn a second site in Williamsburg into the Northside Town Hall Community Center and Cultural Center, which will contain the offices of both organizations, and meeting space, exhibition and performance/rehearsal space for local arts organizations. According to EDC, all three organizations plan to preserve the character and appearance of the 19th Century firehouse buildings.
“Good economic development should always be accompanied by development that makes communities more attractive places to live and work. I am pleased that EDC was able to assist in this remarkable effort to redevelop these historic firehouses for use by and service to their communities,” said EDC President Seth W. Pinsky. “The projects will also provide growth opportunities for three important not-for-profit community cultural organizations.”