Thursday, November 19, 2009

333 CARROLL STREET IS TOO BIG! The project that became a symbol for overdevelopment in Carroll Gardens faces news zoning regulations

Remember 333 Carroll Street?  That is the building with the steel on top on the small house on
Carroll Street. (See pics below taken from the PMFA blog)
The original plans were for something completely out of context and character.
CORD is very gratified that the 333 Carroll Street building site will have to conform to the new
contextual zoning.

See the Brooklyn Eagle for the story on the new contextual re-zoning laws here in Carroll

Please see the
Mike Mclaughlin Daily News article yesterday

A controversial Carroll Gardens luxury condo development that's been stalled for more than two years has been blocked from moving forward - but the eyesore may continue to loom over the area.

City Buildings Dept. officials stopped the owner of the building on Carroll St. from converting the 19th-century warehouse into a five-story luxury tower last week, but the unfinished rooftop steel girder skeleton could remain indefinitely. See more at the Daily News

and the Pardon Me for Asking Blog.

for much more on the 333 Carroll Street saga.

From PMFA:


Project Not Vested Under Current Zoning

That did not take long. Just days ago, I wrote about the new building permit, which has been issued for 333-335 Carroll Street, the old manufacturing building with the monstrous steel addition.
The owner, Isaac Fleischman, had given the boot to his condo conversion project's original architect, Robert Scarano, when the NYC Department of Building realized that Scarano had lied on the original application and had exceeded the allowable Floor-Area-Ratio or F.A.R.
Scarano had claiming that the cellar was a basement. Scarano intended to use the "habitable" basement for parking and had transferred the square footage onto the roof.

Fleischman just recently brought in Ken Fischer, the architect behind the 100 Luquer 'Finger'.
Just before the neighborhood's down-zoning went into effect on October 28th, 2009, D.O.B. issued new building permits. Apparently, the original issues were resolved. How exactly Fischer has been able to reconfigure the F.A.R. to get the project re-approved is still unclear.

However, the project still should have been stopped on October 28th by the DOB, when the Carroll Gardens re-zoning passed unanimously by the City Council on October 28th.
When new zoning laws are passed, all projects are served a stop-work-order and must be re-visited by DOB to see if they are vested, or far enough along, to receive an exemption, from the new zoning law......

See PMFA for the rest of this 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........