Saturday, September 15, 2007

A Growth Spurt of Unprecedented Magnitude

IT IS TIME TO TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT OUR NEIGHBORHOOD! (and DO! something)**(see our Sept.9, 2007 post below)

This was at the end of an article by Ariella Cohen in the Brooklyn Papers recently. It would seem like a very good idea to have ALL OF THIS in our minds SIMULTANEOUSLY! as we plan any move forward. CORD

Booming fall for Gardens, Hill
By Ariella Cohen
The Brooklyn Paper

"Low-scale Carroll Gardens is about to experience a growth spurt of unprecedented magnitude. Here is a rundown of 13 developments to watch.
Where What Status
Bayside Fuel Depot, West bank of the Gowanus Canal between Sackett and Union streets. Canal-front complex of 10- to 12-story towers with 300–400 units Toxic remnants still being removed.
340–352 Bond St., at Third Street Four-story, eight-unit loft-style apartment building Construction currently frozen because of a code violation.
211 Columbia St., at Sackett Street 11-story building with 13 units Construction underway.
340 Court St., at Union Street Townhouse development Developer Clarett Group is still in contract for the site. No architect yet.
333 Carroll St., between Hoyt and Bond streets Six-story, 31-unit condo Halted by the Buildings Department in mid-construction.
671 Henry St., on the corner of Luquer Street Four-story building, five units The blue construction fences are up. Permits are approved. Construction could start within the month.
Gowanus Village, both sides of the canal, between Union and Third streets Canal-front complex of several 3- to 12-story buildings, with 400 units Construction hasn’t begun.
Toll Brothers, Bond Street between Carroll and Second streets Canal-front complex of low-rise townhouse-style condos Toll Brothers is waiting for Gowanus area to be rezoned for apartments. Could be years.
100 Luquer St., between Clinton and Henry streets 11-story building, 20 units Construction to begin this fall.
360 Smith St., corner of Second Place Six-story apartment building with 46 units Construction underway.
111 Third St., at Bond Street Four- or five-story townhouse-style condo development, with 45 units Completion date 2008.
Columbia Street area projects: 5 Columbia St., 86–98 Congress St., 79 Warren St., 104–116 Warren St., 101–115 Baltic St. Three 4- to 7-story buildings, with 153 units Has yet to begin the eight-month public review process.
Public Place site, Smith Street at Fifth Street Several 3- to 14-story buildings, with 400 units City still looking for a developer."

©2007 The Brooklyn Paper


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........