Friday, August 7, 2009

Some more Info Re: Contextual Rezoning of Carroll Gardens


It was pointed out to us that we did not address the possibility of what is known as, "height factor" development permitted under the R6 classification in our last post.

It is true that R6 allows the developer a choice between Quality Housing (something that turns out shorter and squatter) or height factor, which has no real set number of feet limit, rather, insists upon parameters that include a compilation of calculations based on the size of the lot, the fulfillment of open space requirements and by its height alone, necessitates an elevator, which all translates into a reduced amount of living space on the lot---something which can seriously affect the developer's bottom line.

It would technically be possible for a developer to purchase multiple lots, adjacent to one another on an R6 designated street and attempt to build according to height factor regulations. But the chance of acquiring adjacent, multiple properties is slim and the cost quite prohibitive since the properties would probably have to be demolished and completely rebuilt within the parameters of the height factor regulations and their open space requirements.

Perhaps this explains why, with the exception of 100 Luquer Street, which is located off Hamilton Avenue, where the lot sizes are unusual and much larger than the average, normal brownstone lot size, there are no examples of height factor construction in Carroll Gardens.


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........