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Deadline day for Kingsbridge Armory site proposals

March 22, 2012 6:06:10 AM PDT
Thursday is deadline day for developers to pump some new life into the Kingsbridge Armory.

Local activists rallied outside the vacant giant. They want a school and guaranteed better-paying jobs included in any city-approved plan.

Local merchants feel threatened by any proposal to make it a retail mall.

Right now, plans to turn the armory into a ice-sports center seem to be generating the most interest.

Military use of the Bronx Kingsbridge Armory ended in 1996, and since then, it has sat vacant.

The armory was built in 1910 with an interior so large, you could fire a cannon at one end and not hit the other end. It's that kind of size that is both a positive and a negative when it comes to finding a company or an organization to take it over.

The Kingsbridge Armory covers five acres, making it possibly the largest in the world. It is nine stories tall, with stellar brick work, and the inside has a 10,000-square foot drill hall and an 800-seat auditorium, just waiting for new life.

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