Tuesday, May 27, 2008

CGNA Land Use Co-Chair and Long-time Resident Speaks

CORD hopes that reading the words of your neighbors through these testimonies each day serves to inspire you to participate in the next phase of the zoning amendment process.

On Wednesday morning, June 4th, the City Planning Commission will be holding their hearings regarding the Carroll Gardens zoning text amendment... we are one step closer to MAKING A CORRECTION that needs to be resolved once and for all----we are almost there....we will give you more details as the date approaches...
We will need your support. Perhaps, you will be willing to speak before the commission. Perhaps, you will choose to share your thoughts with the commission via a letter. Let your friends and neighbors words be your guide. Please do not be afraid to participate.

Listen to what your neighbors have to say, listen to how they feel about where we live and let your voice be heard as well. This is your chance to make change happen. Take it.

Link to Text Amendment Fact Sheet prepared by CORD and CGNA



NOTE: Mr. Kelly spoke spontaneously and from his heart---The following is Mr. Kelly's facsimile of his statement.

My name is Glenn Kelly. I am a resident and homeowner on Carroll Street.
First I want to thank our hosts and especially the office of NYC Planning for offering this text amendment. I enthusiastically support this text amendment.
I am also a member of the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association and co-chair of its land use committee. I want to assure you that our organization has been discussing land use issues at our meetings for the last two years and has made a significant effort to keep the community informed on the status of our efforts toward rezoning and landmarking. We have posted notices about this hearing on every building on every block which this text amendment will affect.
This is a simple issue and I think it is important to emphasize what both John Hatheway and Councilman de Blasio have said regarding the fact that our deep front gardens, the signature feature of Carroll Gardens are being used against us due to the misinterpretation of the wide street definition.
I would also like to ask the reason why Union Street and Second Street between Hoyt and Bond have been excluded from this amendment since they share the same deep front gardens as the other blocks*. Please make sure that these blocks are included, if possible and appropriate.

Thank you.
Glenn Kelly

* The Borough Presidnet Markowitz addresses Mr. Kelly's comments in his statement.
See the complete Borough President Statement at this link http://cgcord.blogspot.com/


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........