Sunday, January 8, 2012

Happy New Year from CORD!

Happy New Year from CORD!

The following important dates pertain to the Gowanus Canal CAG/Community Advisory Group. Meetings are open to the public and we encourage all to attend! If you have any questions please write to us at

Brightest blessings for a peaceful and joyous 2012!
Warmest wishes,

Jan. 24 EPA Public Meeting (CAG organizational representatives: please announce this to your members): The EPA public information meeting for the Feasibility Study will be on Tuesday January 24, at 7 PM. The location will be the auditorium of P.S. 58, 330 Smith Street.

National Grid meeting: We are postponing the January 10 National Grid meeting and the new date is to be determined. There was very little response in terms of RSVPs and it appears that with so much happening right now with the Feasibility Study, and the need for the CAG to obtain/develop technical capacity, it would be best to first get through the upcoming Water Quality/Technical Committee meeting on the 16th, the EPA public meeting on the 24th, and the CAG meeting on the 30th, all of which will be focusing on the Feasibility Study.

Jan. 30 CAG General Meeting, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., location TBD: EPA will be attending, including Christos Tsiamis, so that the CAG can ask questions that might not have been addressed at the Jan. 24 public meeting, and to go into greater depth on the details. As time permits, we will cover other CAG business including membership, technical assistance, committee updates, and CAG procedures. Members of the public are welcome to attend, but for space reasons should rsvp to

FYI Contact:

Jeff Edelstein, P.E.

Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group Facilitator


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........