A More than Century-Old Armory is Getting a New Beginning and Name


BROOKLYN, N.Y. – It was an emotional moment for Chris Owens. He received a first look at a plaque honoring his father Major Owens, the longtime member of the House of Representatives from Brooklyn who passed away in 2013.

What You Need To Know

  • The Bedford Union Armory was built in the early 1900s in Crown Heights, Brooklyn
  • It is being named for the late Congressman Major Owens, who represented Central Brooklyn for nearly a half-century
  • The redevelopment of the armory also includes a residential component, including affordable housing and housing for formerly homeless New Yorkers
  • Owens had for years talked about transforming the armory into a community center

“I wish he was here but this is definitely a wonderful way to remember him,” said Owens, referring to the renaming of the massive Bedford Union Armory in Crown Heights, built in the early 1900s and once known as the Troop C Armory.

It will now be known as the Major R. Owens Health and Wellness Community Center, a tribute to Owens, who represented the area in Washington for nearly a quarter-century, and years ago envisioned the former military facility as a gathering place for Central Brooklyn residents.

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