Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Hello from CORD!
Many of you have asked pertinent questions about various aspects of the proposed development for 360 Smith Street, as well as the on-going journey of our petitions.
While our knowledge is still rather limited regarding the former, we can offer the following:

Here's the first of the feedback from the hand delivered packets containing the petitions:
1) The NYC Transit Authority's Lois Tendler, was the first to respond. They clarified the following:
the 360 Smith St project is NOT done in cooperation or as a joint venture with the developer. It is solely his project. They have no say in what he builds or how--
2) The plaza is owned by the developer, Mr Wlm Stein. NYCT has a pernanent easement--Mr Stein must provide reasonable access to the subway entrance.
3) The MTA/Transit become involved and must give approvals on activities that take place within a certain distance of their property (200') both above and below ground
4) NYCT has approved the concept of the plan, not the construction plans at this point
Once approved, there will be a NYCT inspector on the site to make sure that the work proceeds correctly and according to plan.


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........