Along with providing a permanent home for RWA, the redevelopmentproject will enable the nonprofit to add more staff and increaseits client from the current 3,000 local residents to about 10,000,says a release from NYCEDC. The redevelopment of the firehouse willallow RWA to expand its existing programs and add new initiativessuch as programming for seniors, green-collar job training, outdoorfilm screenings and a Saturday farmer's market.

RWA's proposal for the 78-year-old structure calls for a "greathall" for projects and events, catering facilities, an organiccafé, classrooms for after-school programs and job training, a roofgarden and basement aquaculture center, along with rental space forother community events. The proposed project will seek to preservethe character and appearance of the former firehouse, and RWA isaiming for LEED certification.

The selection of RWA is the latest result of the Bloombergadministration's 2007 initiative to reuse and redevelopdecommissioned firehouse sites. In January, NYCEDC announced thatthe Brooklyn Philharmonic had been selected to redevelop aformer firehouse at 299 Degraw St. in Brooklyn's Cobble Hillsection.

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Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny is managing editor of Real Estate Forum and He has been reporting on business since 1988 and on commercial real estate since 2007. He is based at ALM Real Estate Media Group's offices in New York City.