Monday, June 25, 2007

Where is the CGNA in all this?

According to all the reports I've heard and/or read, the developer at 360 Smith Street, Mr. Stein, only wants to communicate with the CGNA (Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association) regarding the proposed building and how it will relate to the neighborhood. If that is the case, why has there been no public statement from them? Why are they not communicating with CORD? Or 2nd Place, 2nd St, and 3rd St residents? It seems they have either dropped the ball, (if this is the case, why not pass the ball instead?) or are working with the developer toward a set of goals we were not present in establishing. (Meaning they don't necessarily represent us!) So how about it CGNA, what's up?


With the "Protect Our Homes" petition, CORD was formed in May, 2007. This petition arose as an overwhelmingly negative response to the coming of the over-sized 360 Smith Street Development at the corner of Smith Street and Second Place (Aka Oliver House; aka 131 Second Place). This petition, which had well over three thousand signatures, led to a new zoning text amendment in summer of 2008.

To: Our Elected Officials, Community Leaders, The MTA:
(MAY, 2007)

We the undersigned Carroll Gardens homeowners and residents, are appalled by the "as of right" ruling which allows owners and developers to erect buildings in our neighborhood with no regard to the impact they will present to our quality of life and the value of our homes........