Friday, October 8, 2010


Hello from CORD!

Please see the information below sent to CORD by Jeffrey Edelstein, who was chosen in May by the Carroll Gardens/ Gowanus Canal Area residents as a neutral facilitator of the CAG, for more details regarding the upcoming firstCAG/Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group meeting to be held on October 26, 2010. The Public is welcome! See our CORD blog or

Also of note is the upcoming Flushing Tunnel Presentation on Oct. 25, 2010 held by the NYC DEP. Again the public is welcome!

CAG MEETING: First Meeting: Reminder that the first CAG meeting will be Oct. 26, from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Old American Can Factory, 232 Third Street. The meeting is open to the public; please feel free to inform others. The draft agenda is at the bottom of this email.

Operating procedures and groundrules: I have attached the operating procedures and groundrules used by the Hudson River CAG, and request that we follow these until the Gowanus CAG has developed its own, particularly regarding how meetings are to be conducted. I anticipate that we will form a subcommittee to develop a draft set of procedures and groundrules that will be presented to the full CAG for consideration. In the meantime, I welcome any comments on these documents.

Flushing Tunnel presentation on Oct. 25: NYC DEP will provide a progress report on the ongoing Gowanus Canal Facilities upgrade project on Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at PS 58. This will be a meeting of the CB6 Public Safety/Environmental Protection/Permits/Licenses Committee and will be open to all members of the public."




Jeff Edelstein

Principal, Edelstein Associates

Senior Consultant, Consensus Building Institute

(207) 247-8024 (office)

(207) 632-8440 (cell)

Additional info at:

Draft agenda:

7:00 – 7:30 Welcome, opening remarks, and CAG member introductions

7:30 – 8:00 Superfund timeline, decision points, and CAG roles

8:00 – 8:30 Superfund site updates

8:30 – 8:45 Break

8:45 – 9:25 CAG structure – committees and operating procedures

9:25 – 9:40 Updates on Superfund-related community activities

9:40 – 9:55 Public comments

9:55 – 10:00 Next steps


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........