Friday, September 7, 2007

Waiting on "PINS and NEEDLES" in Carroll Gardens

Joe Maniscaclo continues to thoughtfully and accurately cover our 360 Smith Street Story in this week's Carroll Gardens Courier! (The one that has the front page bold title: "Public Place Race").
Below are a quotes from: "Waiting on Pins and Needles in Carroll Gardens/Worried Residents Are Left in the Dark About Plans for 360 Smith Street" (September 7, 2007).
See the entire article in the Courier on the streets now. (It will be on-line later this week at the Courier website.)

by Joe Maniscalco 9/7/2007:
"Another week has gone by and residents of Carroll Gardens still don't have a clue as to what they might eventually have to live with in Carroll Gardens.

"The much anticipated meeting between Councilmember Bill de Blasio, Assemblymember Joan Millman, and property owner Billy Stein failed to shed any new light on the situation.

"Residents fear that a new multi unit building will not only overshadow the rest of the brownstones on the block, but also encroach upon the pedestrian plaza outside the Carroll street subway stop at 2nd Place and Smith Street.

"An open violation remains on the site for working without a permit.

"CORD-Carroll Gardens Organization for Respective Development ("Carroll Gardens Coalition for Respectful Development" (my edit, T.S.) -is driving ahead with a bold new moratorium on buildings over 5o feet tall.

"At a standing room only Town Hall held at Scotto's funeral home on First Place a couple of weeks ago, CORD openly challenged deBlasio to support their efforts.

Members of CORD said that as a result of the Town Hall, they anticipated being included in last Wednesday's meeting between deBlasio, Millman, and Stein.

"We were never officially informed of the meeting date, time or place and we were never invited," said Triada Samaras, one of CORD's founding members.

"DeBlasio spokesperson Jean Weinberg said there would be additional opportunities to give their input once the plans are close to being done.

"Millman Chief of Staff Sam Cooper said he couldn't talk about any details of the meeting. Discussions are 'continuing'.....

"Stein could not be reached for comment."

"A lot of people in Carroll Gardens will be staying tuned."


P.S. We are told the following:

The first meeting of the CGNA General Meeting cycle is:
Monday, Sept. 10, 2007
7:30 pm
Scotto's Funeral Home
106 First Place (at Court) and all are invited!


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........