A community coalition blog concerned with the Carroll Gardens and Greater Gowanus communities in Brooklyn, NY: our land-use and development; our safety; our historical context; and our protection from extreme
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Brad Lander and His Rezoning Scam: URGENT PUBLIC MEETING !
PLEASE SHARE THIS INFO! JUST SAY "NO" to BRAD! THIS IS NOT WHAT THE COMMUNITY WANTS!
Well, neighbors, it has come to this. After over 3 years of so-called "community planning," Brad Lander & co. have come up with a plan for the Gowanus that is exactly like the plan we've seen everywhere else: Luxury towers, luxury towers, luxury towers. There will be a % of these units that are "affordable" -- but affordable for who?
This is going to be the biggest rezone of the De Blasio administration -- and everyone who has political ambitions (De Blasio may run for President; Brad Lander is going to run for NYC Comptroller) has his eye on it -- and not just because of the potential for political help from powerful developers. They also want to be able to say that this was a rezoning that was agreed upon by the community--but that isn't true.
PLEASE come to the "Draft Scoping Meeting" being held tomorrow so that you can make sure your concerns about this rezoning plan are being heard. This is where they are supposed to be gathering information from the community as to what sorts of impacts this development might have on the neighborhood. Do you have concerns about developing in a flood zone? On a superfund site before it has been cleaned? Concerned about schools, parking, and what sorts of stores can survive an upzoning with so many luxury units? Concerned about listening to pylons being driven into the Gowanus marshlands for the next 15 years??? Whatever it is, you should show up to this meeting and speak out.
The meeting is on:
THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2019 at
MS 51 (SCHOOL),
350 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn
(just past the Old Stone House park).
The meeting starts at 4pm but will go on through the evening.
Oh, and if you're wondering why a meeting about a Gowanus rezone plan is taking place in a Park Slope school, well, it may be because they are counting on you not to come. PROVE THEM WRONG! Tell your neighbors to come, too.
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........ http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?crlgrdns