Friday, August 9, 2013

Last night's Save Gowanus Community Rally w/Bill Thompson

Photos:  Warren Cohen of Save Gowanus speaks to mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson about the ginat Lightstone Development. Photos by Triada Samaras
Last night, at a rally organized by Save Gowanus. residents, community leaders, and groups from Carroll Gardens/Gowanus turned out near the banks of the pungent and bacteria filled Gowanus Canal to voice their grievances regarding the impacts of the Lightstone Development on the Greater Carroll Gardens/Gowanus Community.

Mayoral hopeful, Bill Thompson, listened thoughtfully on the Carroll Street Bridge as Warren Cohen of Save Gowanus, Marlene Donnely from FROGG Friends and Resdients of Greater Gowanus , and others spoke to Mr. Thompson in earnest about the massive size of the Lightstone Development Development and the many concerns the project raises for our community.  Mr. Thompson seemed to suggest "patience is a virtue" when it comes to planning developments the size of Lightstone, and that such developments must serve the the existing community even as they bring in large numbers of new residents.

The site of the development, so close to the water's edge, is the same exact spot where Hurrican Sandy wreaked flooding havoc last fall.

Save Gowanus is composed of Gowanus residents and home-owners living near the site on Bond Street between Carroll Street and 2nd Street, as well as members of civic groups Friends of Bond (FOB) and Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus (FROGG).

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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........