Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Longtime CG Resident Zoning Supports Text Amendment

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



My name is Mary Mattner. I have lived and owned property in Carroll Gardens for several decades.

I strongly support the proposed amendment. It is a useful interim measure to place stricter limits on the height of several blocks in the neighborhood. A survey conducted by the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association indicated that about 95% the residents support more restrictions on building heights to help preserve the character of our neighborhood.

The blocks covered by the proposed amendment unjustly have more lenient height restrictions than the other residential blocks in the neighborhood. These blocks deserve at least the same protection as the other blocks, particularly since these lovely blocks are the ones which gave Carroll Gardens its name.

I want to thank our elected officials, our Community Board, and City Planning for supporting the proposed amendment.

Mary Mattner
Union Street

Brooklyn, NY 11231


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........