The contentious CUNY dorm planned for Long Island City is expected to face a major hurdle Thursday night, when developers once again seek approval from the local community board.
Developers' CUNY housing plan in Long Island City faces hurdle
The owner of the property, OCA LIC, is seeking a variance to build a 13-story mixed-use building at Fifth St. and 47th Ave. that would include 169 apartments, 220 grad-student dormitory units and 12 units for faculty housing.
Current zoning rules allow for a seven-story structure, but the developer is seeking to use an exemption for buildings that have a "community use."
"They want to double the size of what can be built here," said William Garrett of the 47 to 47 Residents Group in Hunters Point. "We want new housing with committed residents - people who own or rent for a long time invested in the community."
The committee noted the proposal "does not conform to current zoning and will do nothing to enhance the community."
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