Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Moving CG Testimony from the City Planning Commission hearing June 4 th

Hello! We in Carroll Gardens are very thankful to Amanda Burden, Chair of the City Planning Commission and Director of the Department of City Planning, and to the NYC Planning Commission for this unique opportunity to close an administrative loophole in order to protect Carroll Gardens. To date, nearly 700 people have signed a letter of support and are continuing to sign in support of Carroll Gardens Text Amendment. Thank you Commissioner Burden!

Below hear what some of your CG neighbors presented at the NYC Planning Commission Hearing on Wednesday, June 4th.

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 Carroll Gardens zoning text amendment (CD 6 N 080345 ZRK). And before I go further, I would like to take a moment to thank you Ms. Burden, Ms. Kapur, and Ms. Posner for this long awaited proposal. Your recognition and quick action to correct a wrong is commendable and congratulatory. You have my deepest respect and thanks for your understanding of the dire need of our community to protect and preserve its integrity and historical characteristics.

My quest to preserve this great and wonderful place I live in and call ‘home”, is not for any financial gain or political aspiration. I’m here because I have found a neighborhood worth fighting for.

As I’m aware that there are many sides to every story, I took it upon myself to take a zoning course with the distinguished Doris Diether, a Village preservation advocate for 48 years and a zoning expert of citywide repute. From knowing a little bit more than before on zoning laws, I can proudly say that I learned enough to understand the definitions pertaining to this zoning text amendment proposal.

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 an unintentional mistake, 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 classic brownstones and well groomed gardens, it will only ADD VALUE to these homes.

More importantly, it will ease the fear of the many generations of families 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 in agreement. We NEED this zoning text amendment PASSED IMMEDIATELY.

Ms Burden, Distinguished panel, I ask of you today …TO 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 now and start the process of providing contextual rezoning to ALL of Carroll Gardens today.

Thank you for listening and acting CORRECTLY. Maryann Young

Link to Text Amendment fact Sheet Prepared by CORD and CGNA

Link to CG Zoning Text Amendment


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........