Sunday, October 28, 2007

(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....)


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........