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What Should Fill This Empty Building?

Re-imagining Bed-Stuy's empty spaces

“If only I had some extra money, I’d buy that building and turn it into a dance studio.”

You see it all the time: An abandoned commercial property that immediately, you envision can be transformed into a successful business venture.

At 212 Tompkins Avenue at the corner of Kosciuszko Street, next to Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, there is an old empty building originally constructed to serve as a rectory for priests.

The building is a beautiful, four-story red brick structure. The windows on the second floor are broken out and partially boarded up, while the third- and fourth-floor windows are all in tact. If you peer inside of the third floor, you can make out rows of bookshelves filled with old, dried and decaying books.

It turns out that the building is not abandoned. Someone who identified himself as the owner leaned out of the second floor window and said he was painting. But he would not reveal what his plans were for the building, offering instead that it was "a mystery."

How would you re-imagine this beautiful Turn-of-the-Century structure on Tompkins Ave?

Joe Gonzalez May 10, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Regular folks can forget about that building. The Catholic Church is desirous of selling the building to the highest price which don't include the financial means of most regular folks. Five will get you ten it will soon be owned by you know who, (they just moved into BedStuy from Williamburgh.)
Joanne Alexander May 10, 2012 at 02:07 PM
It would be nice to take the surrounding land around the building and plant and grow vegetables, and make the building into a food co-operative.
Melissa Danielle May 10, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I went to school at Mt. Pisgah over 20 years ago. I don't remember that building ever being occupied. It would be nice to see it renovated and used, whatever it becomes.
Simone F. Whitted-Milligan May 10, 2012 at 08:56 PM
And you are so right about that!

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