Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Second Street Resident Speaks In Favor of Carroll Gardens 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



Re: Carroll Gardens Place Text Amendment Number N080345ZRX

I thank the members of City Planning, Boro President, Marty Markowitz and his staff, and CB6 for allowing this presentation.

My name is Lucy DeCarlo and I am a long time resident and owner of two properties on Second Street. I am also a co-founder of CORD-The Coalition to Respectfully Develop.

Some time ago, CORD began to inform residents about the proposed zoning change on its blog, and through local papers, as did other civic groups in Carroll Gardens. Cord organized a letter signing campaign, at the Second Place/Smith Street site (Oliver House: 131 Second Place) , where the possible effects of this change was discussed with our neighbors. In fact, a copy of the zoning amendment was available for review.

We now have over 600 signed letters from residents and owners who favor changing wide streets to narrow streets on the specified blocks, thereby equalizing the height and density on all the east/west side streets in Carroll Gardens. Copies of such letters have been submitted to CB6 and we would like to leave a set with you also.

City Planning has offered us this one chance to protect Carroll Gardens as we know and love it. This zoning amendment will allow owners on the garden blocks to build extensions within the narrow street framework. Most of our homes have not been built to those limits as yet. I and many of my neighbors are willing to forego a small fraction of allowable future expansion in order to preserve the landscape of Carroll Gardens. Do we want to continue to see buildings rise to 70 feet, extending into our back yards, robbing our airspace, light and sun? Why should developers benefit from a loophole in an old ruling, where they can build high, sell and then leave. It is our responsibility to move quickly to pass this amendment, out of respect for those who live here just because they love the feel of a real neighborhood and have invested in restoring their historic homes and beautiful gardens.

On behalf of CORD and its members, I beg you to speedily pass The Carroll Gardens Place Text Amendment, declaring all side streets as narrow streets, thereby making them equally responsible, under one jurisdiction. Help us save Carroll Garden

Thank you.

Lucy DeCarlo,
Long Time Resident: Second 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........