Wednesday, August 27, 2008

We need your help at Thursday's Land Use Meeting at CB 6!

Hello from CORD!

Monday morning we received this heartfelt email from a passionate Carroll Gardens resident, and we are re-printing it for all to see in anticipation of tomorrow night's (Thrs., Aug. 28th) important Community Board 6 Public Land Use Meeting at PS 32 on Hoyt Street in CG. (Meeting details below). It captures the emotions of so many of us.

"Attn: All.....We need your help.
As you know, the Carroll Gardens zoning text amendment passed recently protecting the beautiful 15 blocks of garden streets that truly represent this great neighborhood. It was a tough fight and with the persistent of great people from CORD, CGNA, SoBNA, Cobble Hill, Gowanus, Red Hook, Columbia Heights, and other surrounding grassroot associations, we won. This was a small and significant win for the whole community in helping to prevent the out-of-scale developments that can destroy the integrity of this historic community. The zoning text amendment limited height at a 55' maximum level (approx. 5 stories high).

Our next important step is to get a contextual rezoning study in place to protect the rest of this unique neighborhood. To achieve this successfully, we need to continue to demand for respectful developments throughout this community. The developer of 360 Smith Street (above the subway) is petitioning for an exemption with the BSA (Board of Standard and Appeal) claiming that he has laid a substantial amount of his foundation (according to DOB... only 20%) and is requesting to have an extension to continue his development of 7 stories.

We as a whole community need to stand and say "NO". If he is allowed to continue, not only will this be a contradiction to the hard work and fight to preserve this great neighborhood by so many, but it may be a start in damaging our chances of getting contextual rezoning for us all.
I love Carroll Gardens. I love the sunshine, open space, and the sounds of quiet calm when I walk the streets. I love the friends I have met and the kind neighbors and families of many generations. I love the history and the stories being told while sitting on stoops by tree-lined streets. I LOVE CARROLL GARDENS. This is my "HOME". I will continue to protect it as best as I can. Will you help me too? The Community Board 6 LandUse committee is meeting to heard Stein's petition. We need you to come and stand by us to say "NO" to Stein. We need to let the Community Board members and the BSA know that this community is against Stein's petition. If you can make it, the time and location is below. If not, please cut-n-paste the letter also below and email to the community board at
Thank you everyone. Thank you for all your great support and help..."

Maryann and Ringo"

WHEN: THURSDAY, AUGUST 28th/CB 6 Land Use Meeting

TIME: 6:00 PM

PLACE: P.S. 32 317 HOYT ST. (bet. Union and President)

ENTRANCE on Union St


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........