Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Oliver House Developer Lobbies Councilman DeBlasio and more news....

These three big stories affecting Carroll Gardens and close by need no other introduction:

(1) From:

"Oliver House Developer Spending Big Bucks To Lobby Councilman Bill DeBlasio"

"It only took two more clicks on my keyboard to land on New York City's very own government page. And there, I found the connection. Bill Stein has hired Arzt's lobbying firm to 'target' our very own Council Person Bill DeBlasio. The subject? Land Use. Since the beginning of 2008, Stein has paid $35,000 for those services."
(See PMFA blog for complete story)

(2) From: Develop-don't destroy BROOKLYN

"Court Rejects New York State's Effort to Dismiss
Atlantic Yards Eminent Domain Case"

Ruling is a Major Setback for Bruce Ratner's Proposed Project and the
Empire State Development Corporation

Property Owners and Tenants Will Get Their Day in Court Next Year

BROOKLYN, NY— A State Appellate Court* panel has rejected the Empire State Development Corporation's (ESDC) motion to dismiss Goldstein et al. v. Empire State Development Corporation—the Atlantic Yards eminent domain lawsuit filed by nine property owners and tenants with properties in the footprint of Forest City Ratner's foundering megaproject proposal. The case was filed on August 1st of this year"....(edit) (See link above for complete story)

(3) From

"Gowanus Bombshell: Whole Foods Sinks Into Toxic Muck?

"The Gowanus Whole Foods is toast. That's the report today from Brownstoner, which says that the store "will never happen" per "a source with close connections to the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the government agency that needs to sign off on the clean-up of the polluted site before any building can begin." The grocer has gotten permits from the Department of Buildings for foundation work and has even said that an announcement would be coming about the store moving forward, but it could be that the sinking economy combined with the cost of cleaning up and prepping the contaminated site has killed the store. " (edit)...
(See Curbed for complete story)


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........