66 units planned for former PSCH building site
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Representatives for WellLife, formerly PSCH Inc., attended a committee meeting of Community Board 5 on Monday evening to discuss their plans for a zoning variance.

They will give a presentation to the full board on Wednesday, November 14, at Christ the King High School in Middle Village. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

WellLife is asking for a zoning variance to build a three-story, 66-unit residence for supportive and permanent homeless housing, primarily for people with serious mental disabilities.

According to WellLife CEO Sherry Tucker, one-third of the units will be for low-income individuals.

The 45,000-square-foot building at 80-97 Cypress Avenue in Glendale will include 20 apartments for homeless, at-risk young adults or families with children, according to Tucker.

One adult member of the household will have a mental illness or other disabling condition.

Another 20 units will be for seniors at risk of homelessness who also have a disabling condition. Twenty-five units will be designated as affordable housing for people in the community. Most of those units will be studio apartments.

The variance, which will go from the community board to the borough president’s office and then the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA), asks for 20 percent more floor-area ratio (FAR) than is allowed under current zoning.

WellLife is also looking for a reduction in required parking, from the 22 spots the zoning dictates to 19. The variance also seeks to add more heigth to the building, from 38 feet high near the street line and 60 feet high for most of the building set back from the street.

The current site has remained unfinished for more than a decade. WellLife rep Richard Lobel, said the organization will demolish the current building.

The public hearing at Community Board 5 is open to the public. Community members can sign up to speak for up to three minutes following the public hearing.
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