Monday, September 22, 2008

BSA PUBLIC HEARING this WED!/ A Call for help from Councilman DeBlasio


The public hearing sessions at the BSA/Board of Standards and Appeals for :
360 Smith Street /aka 131 Second Place/ aka Oliver House
will take place this coming Wednesday!

What: Two applications* for 360 Smith Street/ aka 131 Second Place/aka Oliver House

When: September 24, 2008 at 10:00 AM

Where: BSA/Board of Standards and Appeals, 40 Rector Street, 6th Floor, Hearing Room E, NY,NY 10006

Directions: F train to Jay st/Boro Hall. A train to Braodway/Nassau. Short walk.

(More details below after the following letter):


CORD is still receiving strongly worded letters regarding Councilman DeBlasio's lack of personal support for the community at this Wednesday's BSA hearing:

"I am very disappointed with the letter that Councilman diBlasio sent to the BSA. I believe that the Councilman should support the community's efforts to prevent the developer from building a 70 foot building in a highly visible location in Carroll Gardens. Such a building would significantly negate the benefits of the recently passed Carroll Gardens Zoning Text Amendmant which the Councilman was instrumental in passing.

The community has gathered a considerable amount of information to challenge the developer's main contentions in his BSA applications. We can refute the developer's contention that he should be vested because of the amount of work completed on the foundation. We can also refute his contention that he would suffer an undue hardship if his project is not completed as currently designed. Since the Councilman's duty is to represent the community, I think that the Councilman should present this information to the BSA.

As you know, the developer was very aware of the neighborhood's efforts to obtain stricter height limits on buildings in our neighborhood before he started his project. However, he was never willing to reduce the height of his planned building. I personally attended meetings where the developer discussed his plans. While the developer expressed a willingness to consider some design changes, he consistently refused to consider scaling back on the height of the building.

In view of these facts, I firmly believe that the Councilman should strongly support the community's efforts to prevent the developer from constructing a building that does not fit in our neighborhood. The passage of the CG text amendment clearly shows the value of Councilman's support. Please help us again."

Mary Mattner
Carroll Gardens Resident


*Applications #202-08 BZY and #212-08-A will both be heard then.

As it is a public hearing, the public can speak. Three minutes are allotted for each speaker.

We will need your support at this public hearing!
Perhaps, you will be willing to speak before the BSA; perhaps, you will choose to share your thoughts with the Board via a letter.
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!.

The public is also encouraged to write to the BSA.. THE BSA WILL ACCEPT WRITTEN STATEMENTS UP UNTIL SEPTEMBER 24.

For specific guidance regarding comments, submissions, etc, contact Toni Matias 212-788-8752.


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........