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.
Located at 85 Jay Street, and called Front & York, the 21-story, 728-unit building will be part rental, part condo.
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.
Construction is moving quickly at Dumbo’s biggest development site, where a massive, block-long building has risen 10 stories.
A porte-cochère leads to an attended lobby and adjoining library lounge, which lead to the private park.
The bar, once known for its large outdoor area and banning of children, was taken down along with the entire side of the block on Atlantic Avenue between Clinton and Vanderbilt avenues.