A controversial South Asian group attempting to build senior housing in Bellerose received the latest in a long series of blows.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz postponed a vote Thursday on whether to grant the Indian Cultural and Community Center a variance to put up two six-story buildings on the site that was formerly part of Creedmoor Psychiatric Center.
The nonprofit group was unable to submit its plans because the city Board of Standards and Appeals ordered the center last week to downsize the buildings so they would better fit into the neighborhood of one- and two-family homes.
“I will do everything in my power to stop this out-of-character, and obnoxious project,” state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) told the Daily News.
He said members of the group offered to help him get reelected — if he helped them acquire a second parcel of land at the site. He refused to support them.
“I have never come across a more disreputable bunch of individuals who consistently misrepresent and lie about their intentions,” Avella said.
The center sparked outrage in the community because its initial plans called for a community center, athletic field and parking facility.
It was only after the center bought the 4.5 acres for $1.8 million — about a fourth of its market-rate value — from the state New York State Dormitory Authority, that it revealed its full intention: to build housing on the site as well.