Despite massive public opposition to the development on a landmarked site, LPC commissioners said the design is on the right track but needs tweaking.
The building has reached 17 of its eventual 29 stories, while only about a quarter of the four-story base has been constructed.
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.
Preservation group Historic Districts Council has joined the opposition to a proposed development at Crown Heights' Hebron Seventh Day Adventist School.
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.
ODA is behind the design of the building, which bears the firm’s familiar jagged, boxy structure, and stretches for almost the entire block.