FREEPORT - A plan to build a six-story, 125-unit, middle-income rental apartment building in Freeport has been met with criticism from some neighbors, who fear the development will destroy the character of the community.

Some residents believe such a high-density apartment building on North Brookside Avenue would cause traffic jams and create parking problems.

Developer Gary Melius says he's willing to work with the community, but says his plan is within current zoning rules. The apartment complex would replace the old Brooklyn Waterworks building that was torn down after a fire.

The Freeport Landmarks Preservation Committee is expected to discuss the building proposal at its next hearing March 22.

Freeport Mayor Andrew Hardwick said in a statement today that he wants village board members to consider issuing a building moratorium at the Brooklyn Waterworks site to allow residents to voice their concerns.