(CG Courier 10/26/2007)
With only two months remaining in the calendar year, overdevelopment opponents are still waiting for answers to some long-standing and important questions regarding the ultimate fate of their community.
Neighbors still have not seen revised plans for the controversial building project at 360 Smith Street, gotten a fmal determination on exactly who has jurisdiction over the pedestrian plaza outside the Bergen Street subway stop, or any indication that there will be some sort of resolution introduced 'in the New York City Council related to a temporary moratorium on new construction over 50 feet high.
"We are in a holding pattern," CORD co-founder Triada Samaras complained this week. "We're waiting on everything. We keep getting a yellow light for everything that we throw out."
CORD [COalition for Respectful Development] is maintaining its drive for a temporary building moratorium because, as Samaras sees
it, the action is "the only solution on the table that is as nearly relevant."
Efforts to both downzone Carroll Gardens and significantly expand its modest Historic District have been studied and disc;ussed for some t~me, but so far garnered precious few results.
"We are for landmarking and downzonig, but it's going to be too late," Samaras said.
The steady pace of out-ofcharacter construction like the development at 333 Carroll Street only heightens the sense of urgency for those who see the very fabric of their traditional brownstone' community eroding......(Please pick up a copy of this newpaper at your corner and read the rest of this excellent news article....)