Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Nothing new to report re: the asbestos abatement story at the Carroll Street F train station story (so far today). (See today's and yesterday's GL for details). The very well attended Gowanus meeting for the project proposed by the Toll Brothers, however, was covered this morning by many news sources including:

From www.pardonmeforasking.blogspot.com "They will build it but will they clean it?"

"Last night's Gowanus Neighborhood meeting at Mary Star Of The Sea Senior Housing was quite impressive. Organized by the Friends Of Bond Street to help the community organize for the March 13 Public Scoping Meeting at City Planning, it was not only well attended, well organized and incredibly insightful, but also showed Carroll Gardeners are a force to be reckoned with. I was From impressed by my fellow neighbors: smart and well informed, they were ready to take on the Toll Brothers' and their Condo Complex along the shores of the heavily polluted canal......

From foundinbrooklyn.blogspot.com

"Surprise visit by the Toll Brothers at Gowanus Community Meeting".

The neighborhood meeting hosted by Friends of Bond regarding the SCOPING hearing for the Toll Brothers project along the Gowanus Canal between Carroll and 2nd Streets drew quite a large and concerned crowd from the immediate area around Bond Street. The whole premise of the meeting was to discuss how to strategize for the upcoming Scoping Hearing on March 13th with City Planning. Why does the neighborhood need to strategize you may ask?.......

From gowanuslounge.blogspot.com "Gowanus Meeting on Toll Brothers Project Draws Crowd"

"The community meeting last night about the big Gowanus project proposed by the Toll Brothers firm that would leapfrog the actual neighborhood rezoning project, drew a big crowd and even attracted two representatives from the development company itself, included VP David Von Spreckleson. City Council Member Tony Avella held forth about the advantages that pro-development upzonings have over down zonings within the Bloomberg Administration, according to local blogger PMFA, who provided one account of the meeting. Community activist Phil de Paolo, who is a veteran of many North Brooklyn development and zoning debates also advised the Gowanus group. Community Board 6 District Manager Craig Hammerman described how the environmental review process for the development would work........he mentions also

From: www.brownstoner.com

"South Brooklynites have a whole lot of questions about the 577 units of housing Toll Brothers wants to develop alongside the Gowanus Canal. And, if the overflow crowd that filled the community room in St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Residences last night was any indication, there’s a great deal of fear in the community that those questions won’t be answered before the city gives Toll the go-ahead to build their project. Among the concerns raised: That the development’s impact on already overcrowded schools and subway lines will be disastrous; that the compromised sewage system near the canal will be made even worse; that mom-and-pop business will be displaced; that the project shouldn’t be approved ahead of the wider rezoning Planning is brewing for the area; that the Environmental Impact Study will be a compilation of half-truths; and that the site’s toxic land might not be adequately cleaned up......

Stay tuned....CORD


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........