Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The New York City's plan for post Sandy affected areas: "Is this good-by Rockaways, Red Hook and Gowanus?"

Hello from CORD!

There are many very important issues happening simultanoeusli in Carroll Gardens/Gowanus that we all must be aware of

Below is a forwarded post from Marlene Donnelly at FROGG who asks very worrisome questions about the City's ultimate plan for the real estate affected by Hurricane SandyShe urges us to TAKE NOTE and we at CORD agree!
NYC Post Sandy Property market values

"Heads up!

Most owners in and just outside of flood zone A received a letter from NYC Department of Finance last week. The letter informed the owners that their market value of their property was lowered because of impact of Hurricane Sandy. Properties that had no impacts from Hurricane Sandy have been included in this broad swipe to lower Market Values.

Note this change, the notice points out, doesn't affect Taxable Value (property taxes) just market value.

Of course everyone is wondering what this is about. And then today it was reported in the news that NYC Cas Hollaway announced a new program to re-initiate post-Sandy reconstruction. The program will allow the city to purchase waterfront land (at the new lower prices issues by the city last week); and "work with the community to re-develop the flood areas.  This all follows last week's meeting at CB6 where the New City Zoning measure for post-Sandy construction was put forward.

Is this the policy that we in Brooklyn want to see move forward? Is this good-by Rockaways, Red Hook and Gowanus? Is the community even aware of what is being put forward here and how the city has prepared to save money to collect waterfront parcels and turn them over to big development?

If I am miss reading what is going on here, I would certainly like to here from others if they know anything. But I think the citizens have been left out of this whole discussion of how to move forward with the understanding that parts of our city are effected to storm-surges. The city solution is ONE SIZE FITS ALL, when all these areas need very different solutions."

Marlene Donnely


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........