Monday, May 4, 2009

New Letter to the EPA from a Carroll Gardens/Gowanus Resident

Monday is now our day to feature a letter from the Carroll Gardens community.

We at CORD are very grateful to have the following letter to the EPA from one of our neighbors to publish as a template for others who wish to write as well. We encourage more people to write to the EPA! And, please send us your thoughts about the Superfunding of the Gowanus Canal, as well as concerns, memories, of Carroll Gardens/Gowanus etc., so that we can keep in touch with one another. You can use our address at for your submissions.

Letters like the one below are seen and read by so many different people in our community including our electeds. We encourage you to use your voice to fight with, and to join us!

United, we can fight more effectively for the preservation and much- needed respectful development of our beloved Carroll Gardens! Register for our free newsletter on the right hand side of our blog at This way you will be sure to get all the latest news and communications from CORD.

Thank you.

A Carroll Gardens Community Member Writes:

Re: HQ SSUND 2009-0063
To the US EPA Representative:

"I am a resident of Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, located within a few blocks of the Gowanus Canal.
This once thriving estuary is today a toxic hazard that has suffered neglect for decades until recent grassroots initiatives to clean it.

These initiatives are being thwarted by residential developers who are not local residents and wrongly claim that the waterway is fine as it is.

Today is our best chance to revive this waterway by including it as a Superfundsite and turning over control of the effort to the EPA. This is the best and possibly the only chance we have for its rehabilitation.

I appreciate your consideration of this urgent matter."

Sincerely yours,



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........