The developer behind a controversial condominium complex in the Holy Cross neighborhood in the Lower 9th Ward has dropped the proposed height of two riverfront buildings from 75 to 60 feet.

That’s in line with a draft of citywide zoning rules — and 7.5 feet shorter than an existing historic building on the site — but it’s still well above the neighboring houses, said the head of the neighborhood association.

“The administration building [of the former Holy Cross school] is not an appropriate point of reference for the towers. The surrounding neighborhood is,” Sarah DeBacher, the president of the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association, said in an email.

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