Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Heartfelt Testimony from the Text Amendment Hearing at the Boro Pres's Office

Last week's text amendment hearing at the Borough President's office was just step two in very democratic process---We will still need to let City Planning and the City Council know how we feel when their time comes too----but we are taking this process one step at a time! Please sign up for our free CG CORD newsletter at on the right hand side of this blog if you have not already done so. Thank you.

My name is Maryann Young. I am a property owner and 12-year resident of Carroll Gardens, South Brooklyn, NY. I’m here to lend support to the passage of zoning text amendment. But before I go further, I would like to say to you that I have NO financial gains or political aspiration in this quest to preserve what I know from my heart that this is a great and wonderful place to live, a place I call my “Home”.

As I’m aware that there are many sides to every story, I took a zoning course with the distinguished Doris Diether, a Village preservation advocate for 45 years and a zoning expert of citywide repute, and learned enough to understand the purpose of the text amendment change.

I can honestly say to you that this is indeed a special situation and discovery that would give back to the community a leverage that will help to protect against the out-of-scale developments within these breathtaking blocks, blocks that were never meant to be destroyed because of a loophole, especially from a simple word “wide”

I am in favor of this amendment on the Place blocks because it is by far the best remedy available currently to save the blocks that truly represent this beautiful, unique community.

By protecting the historical nature of these charming blocks with beautiful brownstones and well groomed gardens, you will only ADD VALUE to these homes.

More importantly, you will ease the fear of the many generations of family and friends who love their homes, who want to keep their sunshine and open space, and the sounds of quiet calm when they walk the streets home.

The community is behind this amendment. I have spoken to hundreds of my neighbors as I was passing out flyers and fact sheets regarding this hearing and zoning text amendment and overwhelmingly, the people are with us.

Mr. Borough President Markowitz, all community board members, and elected officials, I ask of you …DO THE RIGHT THING.

Stand by those who represent the GREATER GOOD than the greed of a few. Pass this much-needed zoning text amendment today.

Thank you for listening and acting CORRECTLY.


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........