Saturday, April 12, 2008

CORD, the Carroll Gardens Coalition for Respectful Development, is very pleased with the steps that are being taken to amend the zoning text regarding our (not really)”wide streets”. (Entire First, Second, Third and Fourth Places; Second, Carroll and President Streets between Smith & Hoyt). Please see the Department of City Planning Website for more details.

This is such a positive thing for our community. For far too long, this unique situation has permitted too many developers to take advantage of our neighborhood.

From the DCP site: "In response to concerns about out-of-scale development from Community Board 6, local civic groups and elected officials, the Department of City Planning is proposing zoning text amendments to define certain streets in Carroll Gardens as narrow streets for zoning purposes. The text amendment would limit the size and configuration of new buildings and enlargements to more closely match the area's prevailing built character.

Certain streets in Carroll Gardens are mapped on the City Map with widths of 100 to 130 feet. On these streets in Carroll Gardens, the mapped street therefore includes the characteristic deep front yards of homes as well as the sidewalks and roadbeds. The Zoning Resolution has more liberal floor area and height and setback rules for streets that are mapped at widths of 75 feet or more ("wide streets").

The zoning text amendments would apply to the following streets:

  • First Place, Second Place, Third Place and Fourth Place between Henry Street and Smith Street; and
  • Second Street, Carroll Street and President Street between Smith Street and Hoyt Street"


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........