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ICCC prepares new Creedmoor proposal

City to hear refiled plan on Jan. 14

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Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:34 am, Thu Dec 26, 2013.

The developers of a proposed apartment complex on land at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens Village are preparing for a second hearing before the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals.

The BSA rejected a proposal in September from the Indian Cultural and Community Center that includes two nine-story apartment towers with 143 units.

But Richard Hellenbrecht, the land use committee chairman at Community Board 13, said at Monday night’s board meeting that ICCC representatives were expected to reapply by the Dec. 17 deadline, with a new public hearing set for Jan. 14.

The ICCC bought the 4.5-acre site from the state in 2008. The group’s plans have since come under fire from Community Board 13, civic organizations, elected officials and even the New York State Inspector General’s Office for its conduct during the process.

The sale five years ago had the support of Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village), former state Sen. Frank Padavan and then-Assemblyman and current Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens).

The controversy began when the proposal that began with a request for the cultural and community center, athletic fields and a parking facility burgeoned into a plan that includes the towers, containing first 126 units of housing and then 143.

An 18-page report by the state’s inspector general released in September was highly critical of the state Dormitory Authority, which managed and negotiated the sale, and the ICCC.

It stated that Dormitory Authority personnel were ignorant of state law and legislative intentions governing land use restrictions inherent with the sales, and said the ICCC acted “disingenuously” when it exploited that lack of knowledge while its representatives were negotiating the final terms of the transaction.

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