Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Town Hall Event with Councliman deBlasio

Hello from Cord!
Last week we told our readers/signers to STAY TUNED! for the Great Town Hall Event with Councilman Bill deBlasio to happen this week to discuss
1) 360 Smith street
2) Our CG CORD petition calling for a moratorium and
3) Carroll Gardens re-zoning and/or landmarking options and timetables
A few CORD members visited Mr. deBlasio today at his Open House from 4-7 PM at his office.
We discussed all of the above points and received the following answers from the Councilman and his Assistant, Tom Gray:
1) The Town Hall Event which will focus on re-zoning and/or landmarking will be held after Labor Day on an unspecified date.
2) The permits on 360 Smith Street are NOT imminent, according to the Councilman, and the approval process at the DOB for 360 Smith Street has been slowed down due to the recent investigations into the architect, Mr. Robert Scarano, according to Mr. deBlasio. In the meantime, CORD has noticed SEVERAL strange discrepancies on the paperwork at the DOB already! Mr. deBlasio did not comment on these discrepancies.
3) A smaller meeting to discuss 360 Smith Street will be held sooner than the Town Hall meeting. The developer, Mr. Billy Stein, has not offered, however, to attend any meetings, to date, with the ACTUAL building plans in hand, even though approvals for these plans have been issued by the DOB, and even though this information is supposedly "public" at this stage in the process.
CORD is suggesting our members call Mr. deBlasio's office to persist in asking more questions and getting even more answers! The Borough of Brooklyn is our home, after all, and the Councilman is supposed to be there to help us constituents is he not?


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........