Thursday, September 27, 2007

The new construction news is not good....

Please see today's Gowanus Lounge story: Greenpoint's 143 Huron Wins Many Friends
Between this posting and others this week, we truly hope this is not a premontion of what's to come very soon in Carroll Gardens. Link

Will the DOB helps us here we wonder? Will the POLS? WHO?? will help us? WHO?? represents the residents and the community as all the over-sized development slated for Carroll Gardens begins? Is there anybody really out there who cares?

The corner of Smith Street and Second Street has already become this month really really congested in the mornings ....with two schools (one brand new one and one old one) receiving families, school buses, cars, baby carriages, various drop offs, etc., while so many local residents commute to work by bus, by car, by subway all at the same moment!

What on earth will happen when and if the 360 Smith Street construction begins and the subway passengers are re-routed? Isn't it high time to convince the powers that be that this building project must be scaled immediately? A street traffic and pedestrian traffic study would seem to be the very tiniest thing a responsible community would care to ask for.


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........