Saturday, October 1, 2011
Shady Creedmoor project goes for variance
From the Times Ledger:
An Indian group proposing senior housing and a cultural center on the ground of Creedmoor was grilled on its plans by a testy crowd during a public hearing last week in Bellerose.
The Indian Cultural and Community Center wants to build two nine-story towers of senior housing and a community facility after state legislation led to it acquiring the Creedmoor land last year.
Civic leaders and public officials criticized the group, claiming it had been deceptive about its plans and saying the proposal is out of character with the community.
Some community residents walked out of the meeting when a South Asian man claimed opposition to the plan was the result of racism.
The public hearing was needed because the ICCC needs a variance to build the senior housing in a zone that only allows for commercial buildings.
The offices of the state attorney general and the state inspector general are investigating the group’s land purchase, which was authorized under legislation sponsored by then-state Sen. Frank Padavan and then-state Assemblyman Mark Weprin.