Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Front Gardens In Trouble in Carroll Gardens

On Monday, December 9, a meeting was held at Hannah Senesh School to discuss their proposed expansion onto the public,  front garden lot.  Residents of our community, upset by this idea, had been asking our Councilman, Bill DeBlasio, to NOT submit a bill today facilitating that desired end for the school.  

The front gardens of Carroll Gardens are unique and protected from building by a 150 year old law that DeBlasio was trying to change.

Here are some of the notes from the Monday night meeting and below, please see the details for a SECOND meeting that will be held this Saturday morning.

According to Tom Gray, DeBlasio's District Director, the bill to change the administrative code removing the restrictions on the Smith and First Place courtyard will NOT be introduced on Wednesday, Dec 9th (today).

Conversations between current Councilman deBlasio and Councilman Elect Lander resulted in a change of plans 

The school will be applying to purchase the courtyard and will still seek to change the administrative code sometime in the coming year. 

The acquisition of the property requires a ULURP procedure and calls for several public hearings.

It is unclear how the administrative code change, necessary in order to remove the no building on a courtyard restriction, will be packaged as part of the bundle. Nor is it clear if and how bundling it changes the process, but more information will be disseminated as it becomes available. 

All of this will now be taking place on Councilman Elect Lander's watch. 

Stay tuned...

For more information: a second meeting will now be held for all interested parties at the Carroll Gardens 
library (Union and Clinton) on Saturday 12/12 at 10 AM.


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........