Despite massive public opposition to the development on a landmarked site, LPC commissioners said the design is on the right track but needs tweaking.
Discussion among the commissioners was long and detailed, laying out a series of objections to the proposal.
Forty-three people provided testimony at the public hearing, with all but one speaking against the proposed development.
At a community board meeting Thursday, roughly 30 people spoke -- a combination of concerned residents, congregation members and elected officials.
Plans are to demolish a mid 20th century addition at the back of the property and construct a new building that will replace it and the open space around it, consuming the entire back end of the property along Sterling Place.
The proposed seven-story, 180-unit modern building would be 30 percent affordable and fund the church’s restoration and its religious school.