From Bayside Patch:
Church and City came to a head at a hearing on Monday night, with one Community Board 11 member calling for the church folks to tear down their own building.
A consultant hired by Korean Central Presbyterian Church located at 58-06 Springfield Blvd., had appeared before the board to garner a variance to permit the Church’s existing gym.
The Church claims to have discovered in 2009 the need for a Certificate of Occupancy for building additions completed in 1998.
A one story community facility is permitted by code, as long as the height does not reach 23-feet above the curb, according to Church consultant, James Chin. The height of the gym stands at 28 feet.
The church group allegedly falsified their mortgage application to claim that they were building a commercial establishment. Their zoning status as a community facility, typically a designation for non-profits, allowed them to sidestep laws requiring more parking than they could provide.
The variance was approved by the board.