Restoration President Colvin Grannum speaks on the Redesign of the Cultural Hub in Bed-Stuy

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By Jeanine Ramirez

Restoration Plaza, the headquarters of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, takes up an entire block of Fulton Street.

A renovated theater and an art gallery are hidden inside. And on the ground floor there also exists a supermarket without windows.

Now, the corporation wants to reimagine this space to make it more accessible, mirroring the challenges that face the corporation itself.

It was founded to empower the black community, but that community is being pressured by powerful forces of gentrification and change.

“One of the things we’re concerned about is that as a borough like Brooklyn gentrifies, there are very few symbols of the contributions of people of color to the borough,” says Colvin Grannum, President of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.

To highlight Restoration’s cultural significance it’s hired architect Sir David Adjaye, the lead designer of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington.

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