Friday, February 8, 2008

Important CGNA MEETING this Monday!

We understand that 360 Smith Street developer Billy Stein will be appearing at the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association meeting on Monday (2/11) at 7:30 PM. The meeting will take place at St. Mary Star of the Sea Residence at 41 First Street, between Hoyt and Bond Streets, which is a new location.


Interesting read from The Real Deal below. It's too long to copy/paste the whole thing however so here's the link:

February 2008
Shoddy construction watch

More than 100 building complaints have been filed in the renovation of 598 6th Street in Park Slope.
By Michael Rudnick

Want to find out which new buildings in Brooklyn are shoddily built? Check out where the construction complaints are.

The rush to build in recently rezoned residential neighborhoods caused such complaints to skyrocket just over 18 percent in 2007 to 21,971. That's both the largest number of complaints and greatest year-over-year increase for all five boroughs, according to the New York City Department of Buildings.

The statistic measures complaints related to active construction sites—the Department of Buildings and other city agencies don't track complaints about finished apartment buildings—but construction-
related filings can be the best indicator of structural problems that new buildings will face several years down the line, government officials said.

Evan Thies, senior advisor to New York City Council member David Yassky, said construction accidents in the Greenpoint/Williamsburg area have increased by 600 percent in the last three years. "This is an indicator of the type of labor and manner of construction and design that these developers have employed," Thies said.

"It is the best indicator of what is going to happen [in these new
buildings] one, two, 10 years down the line. If construction is shoddy and dangerous, the finished product will be shoddy and dangerous," he said..........


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........