Friday, October 3, 2008

CB 6 Should Reject Toll Brother's Applications for Rezoning and Special Permit


On the left is a picture of the Toll Brothers
Proposed Zoning of the Gowanus Area for
their development project. (Click on the image
to enlarge). It graphically depicts the enormous
volume they favor for our area in the very
near future and which they are requesting
AHEAD of the scheduled re-zoning

for our neighborhood.

Should they Toll Brothers be given a green light AHEAD of time?
You be the judge!

CORD has obtained the entire presentation/testimony given by
two prominent, local architects
at the recent, public CB 6 meeting
regarding the very same
proposed development project.

They both strongly advise CB 6 to reject the Toll Brothers request for a spot re-zoning ahead of the eventual re-zoning that is being planned
for this area currently.

Here is the very beginning of the presentation. We will be featuring this testimony in sections in the days to come. Please pay close attention to what these two architects are saying and please write to us at to let us know your feelings about the Tolls Brothers' spot re-zoining request!

"CB 6 Should Reject Toll Brother's Applications for Rezoning and Special Permit"
by Chris McVoy and John Hatheway, September 25, 2008

  • DEIS is incomplete- it does not provide analysis needed
  • Toll Brothers Application Premature-It sets a precedent before re-zoning of the Gowanus
  • has been analyzed, reviewed, and approved
  • Proposed 12-story scale dwarfs the Gowanus Canal and towers over Carroll Gardens Historic Core
  • 7-story alternate design, in scale with the context, could provide for similar area and affordable housing
THE DEIS is incomplete including:


".......the scale of the project is overwhelming compared to the surrounding built environment....the cumulative impact from individual large-scale development projects
would load additional strains and stresses onto infrastructure and community
facilities that would ultimately result in unacceptable levels of service.
Somehow, a cumulative analyis must be pefromed, if not by this applicant, then separately by the City itself.


(Much more to come on this blog, including pictures, graphs and diagrams
all presented at the last public, CB 6 meeting on 9/25/2008.)

Thank you and..... Stay tuned!


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........