Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Local Architect Christopher McVoy asks for immediate help with letter writing campaign!

Note: These are excerpts from an email we received just today. We know it is extremely short notice but if you are able to help , please e-mail a copy of your statement or your thoughts to us at (see below).*

From: Christopher McVoy

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Your letters and emails to Marty Markowitz had a big impact on his recommendation to City Planning.

The public review process has now moved to City Planning Commission, which held a public hearing last week at which some of us spoke. This is a tough forum because City Planning’s own draft Gowanus Plan calls for 12 stories. But this is the most important place to make our case because we have a chance to influence their plan beyond the Toll Bros site. Commissioner Amanda Burden has said if the neighborhood calls for reduced height in significant numbers she will defer.

Please submit the great letters you emailed Marty to the City Planning Commission. Unfortunately they do not accept email. Please mail to:

Chair Amanda M. Burden

City Planning Commission

22 Reade St, Room 2W

New York, NY 10007

The letters are due within 10 days of hearing, which is this Saturday, January 17 (sorry for the short notice!).*

We’re having a positive impact on the project – let’s keep the pressure on!

Thank you,

Chris McVoy

*CORD would like to point out that since since this notice is so short, may we suggest that you email your statement to us at no later than tomorrow, Thursday 1/15 at 3 PM. We will co-ordinate with Chris McVoy who is planning on hand delivering statements on Friday morning.

P.S. You can view the presentation John Hatheway, and Glenn Kelly gave to Marty here:


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........