Thursday, September 18, 2008

“I’d like to see less height.” Councilman Bill DeBlasio, Feb 16, 2008

“I’d like to see less height.”
Councilman Bill DeBlasio, Feb 16, 2008 Edition of the Brooklyn Paper,
This New Stein Way Is Almost In Tune, by Mike McLaughlin RE: 360 Smith St

“I believe in this text amendment. I believe we need to protect this neighborhood…. I think we’ve got to protect what we have.”
Councilman Bill DeBlasio, May 7, 2008, Borough Hall, Borough
President Markowitz’s Public Hearing RE: wide streets

Dear Councilman DeBlasio,

When you spoke at the Borough President’s Public Hearing in May, about the need for the wide streets text amendment as, “one piece in the much bigger battle” .…and the “overdevelopment pressures”….

What exactly were you battling and what did you think we needed protection from?

Were you speaking of the pressures of possible hypothetical overdevelopment? Or were you referring to the activities going on right before your eyes?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 10:00 AM will be the perfect time for you to ask for what you’d like to see, defend what you believe in, help shelter what we have......WILL YOU BE THERE to represent Carroll Gardens at the Board of Standards and Appeals Hearing to do just that, or not?



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........