City green-lights CUNY dorm

October 01, 2008 05:30PM

The city has approved plans for a controversial new Long Island City building that will house hundreds of CUNY students. The city’s Board of Standards and Appeals last week approved several variances to allow the project’s developer, OCA LIC, to build a 12-story building at Fifth Street and 47th Avenue. Some residents were concerned that the building would house a “transient” population, but CUNY officials said it will house only doctoral candidates who will live there for up to five years. Community Board 2 rejected the first formal proposal in November and the developer introduced a modified plan after community complaints.

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