Sunday, May 4, 2014

Letters for Gowanus Historic District Designation

Hello from CG CORD!

A part of this post is reblogged from FROGG. 
Please read through to the yellowed area at the bottom and write to support the Gowanus Historic District Designation.  The end of the comment period is near (May 13).

And read more about the pressures on Gowanus here.
It is important to take action if you are in favor of Gowanus Historical Re-Districting!

As an aside please read about the landmark battles in Manhattan.
while the Manhattan story describes the City Landmarks Preservation Commission (not the Sate) It is an illustrative case in point complete with the predictable and short sightedness of some developers.

"FROGG Responds to the Delay in Gowanus Historic District Designation"

"March 13th, 2014 The NYS Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) meeting scheduled for this week has been miss-characterized in this posting.
The State was not going to "take a look at FROGG's Application", the State has been reviewing and even expanding the district boarders for the proposed Gowanus Historic Listing for a number of years now. And nothing, NOTHING, in this listing has any baring in the any river walk (though everyone should know that Gowanus is not a river and never has been). The odd thing is that NYC has also received materials to review the historic listing over the years. NYC has been fully aware of which properties NYC are within the district, for quite some time now. Yet they now ask for 60 more days after years of review?"
"The scheduled state meeting was the final step for affirming the designation. That process also included the February meeting for all property owners in the district. All who didn't understand the nature of this VOLUNTEER REDEVELOPMENT TAX-INCENTIVE PROGRAM--that brings a minimum of 40% tax credits to those who choose to participate--were able to get answers directly form the state agency at that meeting."
It was explained at the meeting that owners who objected to the designation (and wanted to deny their neighbors access to the volunteer redevelopment tax- credits) could prevent the historic listing provided more than 200 of property owners also object. The delay requested this week by the City can be seen as a result of a small group of objectors, with influence at the city, having fallen short in collecting the necessary objection letters. Those running the miss-information-campaign based on a confused statement letter by a Lightstone agent, and directed by Bill Appel and the Gowanus Alliance, WERE NOT ABLE TO GATHER THE NECESSARY NUMBER OF OBJECTION LETTERS. The city's request this week, for more time to look into their properties, can be seen as the means of granting additional time to Mr' Appel's group to drum up more letters of objection.

What the delay also does is give those who were asked to sign those form-style letters of objection, time to actually look at the merits of this redevelopment incentive program and submit a new letter to the State SHPO office retracting their original objection.

A letter of support (and/or one retracting a previous letter) can be sent to:

Ruth L. Pierpont
Division for Historic Preservation
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
P.O. Box 189
Waterford, New York 12188-0189

Daniel McEneny
New York State Historic Preservation Office
One Delaware Avenue, North
Cohoes, NY 12047
(518) 237-8643 x. 3257


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........