A higher power than Queens Community Board 7—the City's Board of Standards and Appeals—voted unanimously to approve plans for a Mormon church in Flushing that was unanimously opposed by the neighborhood community board. Neighborhood opponents of the planned church for 145-13 33rd Avenue said that the Mormon church was larger than zoning allowed, and worried about the precedent-busting effect the building could have on their low-rise neighborhood. Church officials remixed and rejiggered the plans and numbers for their proposal a few times, annoying critics who accused the backers of using "phantom occupancy numbers," according to the Daily News. Ultimately, however, the City Board of Standars and Appeals, which regularly defers strict adherence to zoning when religious construction is involved, gave the thumbs up to the Mormon church that is one and a half times the size allowed under current zoning rules.
· City Board of Standards and Appeals green-lights large Mormon church in Flushing [NYDN]
· Here Is The Church, The Steeple, A Bunch of Angry People [Curbed]