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New ICCC plans set for July BSA hearing

CB 13 still opposes apartment towers

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Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:31 am, Thu May 29, 2014.

Members of Community Board 13 are expecting a look at revised plans for the proposed Indian Cultural and Community Center in the coming weeks as developers prepare for their next presentation to city officials.

Speaking on Monday night at Harvest Revival Full Gospel Baptist Church, CB 13 Land Use Committee Chairman Richard Hellenbrecht said the ICCC is scheduled to present updated plans to the city Board of Standards and Appeals in Manhattan on July 22.

“Once we get a copy, we have two weeks to submit our response,” Hellenbrecht said. He estimated they would receive plans in late June, and have a response deadline in the neighborhood of July 8 or 9.

The most recent plans call for a pair of six-story apartment buildings, along with a community center, an athletic field and a community center, all on land acquired from the state in 2008, land that was part of the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens Village.

CB 13 members on Monday showed no signs that they have mellowed in their opposition to the project, which began when the towers — then nine stories — first appeared in the paperwork.

The board has protested that the buildings would devastate the neighboring residential area, consisting mostly of one- and two-family houses, none taller than 35 feet.

They have said they have no problem with senior housing on the site if it conforms to neighborhood zoning.

A report by the New York State Inspector General’s office issued in September said ICCC representatives acted “disingenuously” and made “questionable representations” during the acquisition process.

But the IG also found that the state Dormitory Authority, which negotiated the sale, also was sorely lacking in its oversight during the process.

Government and law enforcement sources have said that state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office also is investigating the sale.

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