The original proposal called for two nine-story buildings, but the height was reduced to six stories after vehement opposition in the community. Jordan Most, a lawyer for ICCC, said they are in the process of revising the project and the size of the facility will be modified.
New plans will be presented to the borough president on April 22, and before the BSA on May 6.
In 2008, ICCC purchased the property for $1.7 million from the state to build a community center, but the ICCC petitioned the Dormitory Authority to change the deed, allowing the group to build the two apartment towers, angering many residents and elected officials.
There were many detractors and supporters of the proposed housing at last week's hearing. Varughese Chunkathil is upset about the opposition. The members of the ICCC are law-abiding citizens and pay taxes just like everyone else, he said.
“How many buildings are there higher than six stories?” he asked. “And are six stories towers?”
State Senator Tony Avella and Councilman Mark Weprin are strong opponents of the project. Representatives from their offices said the ICCC has misled and deceived the public by originally purchasing the property, and both want the variance denied.
“In six years of negotiations, nothing has changed,” Avella’s representative said.