Residents of the Bronx held a rally by the vacant Kingsbridge Armory Wednesday night, on the eve of a deadline for developers to submit their proposals for the site.
Supporters wanted a school and living wage jobs included in the development plan.
"We don't want a developer to come into our community and decide what we need and what we want. we live here. We work here, we raise our children here, we know what we need and we know what we want," said Alice McIntosh of the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition
"If this were to become a retail establishment selling food, our $50 million investment would be destroyed with the tax dollars that we've been paying for 56 years, and we don't think that's right," said Bill Sloan.
In 2009, the City Council shot down a proposal to build a mall because the developer could not guarantee workers would be paid a so-called living wage.