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If you take the 4 train up into the Bronx, past Yankee stadium, nearly to its end, you’ll stop at Kingsbridge Road.
The mostly Latino, working-class community is dominated by the Kingsbridge Armory, the 557,000-square-foot castle-like structure that was built in 1917 to house the 258th Field Artillery, but now sits mostly empty.
It seems like everyone wants a piece of the armory. But the loudest — and richest — voice clamoring for the building is Related Companies. The real estate firm has an offer on the table to buy the armory and convert it to a shopping mall. But the plan is stalled in City Hall, where some demand mall employees are paid at least a $10 livable wage, an idea Related balks at.
The City Council has until Dec. 14 to approve Related’s proposal.
“They’ve been saying they’ll put a mall there for eight, 10 years,” said Jorge Ventura, 34, who was born and raised in Kingsbridge. “This would be a bustling area if there were shops there.”