Thursday, August 28, 2008

Suggested Letter to the Community Board

The following letter has been circulated and signed by many Carroll Gardens Residents recently. Please feel free to copy/paste this letter or to compose one of your own and email/fax or send to CB 6 if you are unable to attend tonight's important land use meeting but wish to make your feelings known.
Thank you!

Community Board 6Attention: Mr. Richard Bashner, Chair250 Baltic StreetBrooklyn, New York
RE: 360 Smith Street (aka 131 2 Place)BSA CAL # 202-08-BZY

Dear Mr. Bashner, Esteemed Community Board Members,
I am a resident of Carroll Gardens. I was shocked when I first learned of the size of the proposed project to be built at the above mentioned site. I never realized that a building of this mass could be placed on our small, residential streets. I was astonished that this type of development would even be permitted!

I wholeheartedly supported the Carroll Gardens Zoning Text Amendment because I believed in the importance and necessity of reining in this type of out-of-scale development.
I understand that Mr. Stein, the owner and developer of the site has requested additional time to complete his now stopped, now non-compliant project. This out-of-character building represents the very reason I supported the text amendment in the first place. I am not anti-development. I do feel, however, that this project, which according to the Department of Buildings’ determination, has only completed “approximately twenty per cent (20%) of its foundation”, certainly could and should be scaled back to comply with the new, more appropriate and hard-won zoning.

I, along with hundreds of others, actively participated in getting the fifteen blocks affected by the amendment properly categorized as “narrow” for zoning purposes. It is an affront to me and the others who worked so diligently, to permit this project, which is barely begun, to be allowed to attain its proposed height and bulk.
I respectfully ask that you vote against this application. Thank you.


Craig R. Hammerman District Manager
250 Baltic StreetBrooklyn , New York 11201-6401
T: (718) 643-3027
F: (718) 624-8410


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........