Thursday, November 15, 2007

Carroll Gardens Under Siege

Hello from CORD! This week we have heard from the Borough President Marty Markowitz*

For Thanksgiving this year
we have a cut and paste for each of you to send PLEASE SEND ASAP! to B.P. Markowitz. Please email to

Dear Borough President Markowitz,

I am a Carroll Gardens resident. I am very concerned about the out of context development in my community.

I understand that Amanda Burden, Chairperson of the Department of City Planning, has indicated that your guidance in setting priorities that appropriately address the critical need for zoning adjustments within the borough would be welcomed.

In addition to the development that is being experienced all over our borough, in the heart of Carroll Gardens, exists a unique condition, whereby our tiny, residential, gardened streets, are somehow classified as "wide". This classification allows developers to build or alter existing buildings into even larger, denser structures. They have been taking complete advantage of this with no regard for its impact on our community.

We, as a community, are loathe to push too hard to change that one condition, for fear of delaying a larger rezoning that would benefit many more of our streets.

I appeal to you, Mr Markowitz, as our Borough President, and as a fellow Brooklynite, to request that Carroll Gardens be positioned for immediate study. I further request, that once the study has begun, all projects which would be inappropriate under the new zoning, be halted as not to mar our community any further.

My neighborhood is, for all intents and purposes, under siege. What could be more critical than that?



* In a recent letter to the Borough President from Amanda Burden, Director of City Planning, Ms. Burden stated, "We welcome your guidance in further setting priorities that appropriately address the most critical need for rezoning adjustments within the borough." (10-25-2007). Help us to help our Borough President guide Ms. Burden's office!


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........