Monday, June 25, 2007

Carroll Gardeners Continue Fighting New Development

Carroll Gardens Signage

The little Carroll Gardens uprising, which started with neighborhood objections to that building slated to rise at 360 Smith Street, has become a more wide ranging push to rezone the neighborhood to prevent development that is out of character. Residents have created an online petition as we noted last week and, now, they have a blog called Carroll Gardens Petition. A new organization called Carroll Gardens Coalition to Respectfully Develop, or CORD, is behind the blog. It describes itself as follows: "We are a group of concerned residents and homeowners who do not want their quality of life and value of their property destroyed by voracious developers." Of its goals for the neighborhood via the petition, CORD writes:
-We want to PAUSE the erection of any structure or the change to any existing structure that is scheduled to be built taller than fifty feet high---PERIOD.

-We then want our public officials to present to us in the same mass manner they communicate with us when they are running for office, ALL OF THE REZONING and LANDMARKING OPTIONS, not just the ones they like.
The online petition has gotten about 175 signatures from neighborhood residents so far and supporters were out at the Smith Street Fair on Sunday collecting signatures as well. Something gives us the feeling the weather isn't the only thing that's going to be hot in Carroll Gardens this summer.

smithstreetfair 010


Related Posts:
Carroll Gardeners Create Online Petition
New Shots Fired in Battle of 360 Smith Street

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7 Comments:

Anonymous scariNo said...

I heard about 300 signatures at the street fair. Bringing the total to 475... not bad for a petition launched 3 days ago.

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

does that mean i will never be able to build the set back one room extenson on top of my 44' brownstone (currently garden lvl + 1-3flrs)? Surely 50' cap shouldn't apply if the extension isn't visible from teh street...

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous:

in answer to your question....maybe

the petition only requests a moratorium (a temporary halt) on the construction of new or existing structures whereby said structure(s) would attain a height above fifty feet.... UNTIL ALL rezoning options (some include setbacks of indeterminate height) and landmarking/historic district classification have been thoroughly presented, decided upon by the majority of our residents and enacted--so, your dream of an additional floor(setback) would be possible depending upon the path chosen.Have you looked into the possibility of this type of alteration now? You may be surprised to find that the existing regulations may prohibit this for your particular situation--this petition may be the first step in realizing your wish--as far as setback visibility from the street--take a look at the house on 3rd place bet court & smith--can you or anyone else honestly say that they don't see that setback?

Sincerely, Anonymous Also

12:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous:

in answer to your question....maybe

the petition only requests a moratorium (a temporary halt) on the construction of new or existing structures whereby said structure(s) would attain a height above fifty feet.... UNTIL ALL rezoning options (some include setbacks of indeterminate height) and landmarking/historic district classification have been thoroughly presented, decided upon by the majority of our residents and enacted--so, your dream of an additional floor(setback) would be possible depending upon the path chosen.Have you looked into the possibility of this type of alteration now? You may be surprised to find that the existing regulations may prohibit this for your particular situation--this petition may be the first step in realizing your wish--as far as setback visibility from the street--take a look at the house on 3rd place bet court & smith--can you or anyone else honestly say that they don't see that setback?

Sincerely, Anonymous Also

12:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous:

in answer to your question....maybe

the petition only requests a moratorium (a temporary halt) on the construction of new or existing structures whereby said structure(s) would attain a height above fifty feet.... UNTIL ALL rezoning options (some include setbacks of indeterminate height) and landmarking/historic district classification have been thoroughly presented, decided upon by the majority of our residents and enacted--so, your dream of an additional floor(setback) would be possible depending upon the path chosen.Have you looked into the possibility of this type of alteration now? You may be surprised to find that the existing regulations may prohibit this for your particular situation--this petition may be the first step in realizing your wish--as far as setback visibility from the street--take a look at the house on 3rd place bet court & smith--can you or anyone else honestly say that they don't see that setback?

Sincerely, Anonymous Also

12:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You better build it quick Anonymous. Those who oppose you utilizing the rights you earned when you purchased your property are trying to take that away from you. It is easy to scare people about almost anything. We like our neighborhood after all and there will always be a way to demonize change. Build as high as you can as fast as you can, protect your rights. There are many in this neighborhood who are out to take them from you.

12:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the last of the Anonymous commentators:
Shame on you!
This is not about taking away a homeowner's rights. It is about an already densely populated neighborhood,with an undersized school system and a fairly crumbling infrastructure that no one else is bothering to address. A neighborhood that is being dug-up,bulldozed,stirred and carved into an even more densely populated, even shakier infrastructured,more overwhelmed school system than what exists right now.
Some people in this neighborhood are actually concerned more about these types of things than they are about making money (Yes,it is true)
Some people in this neighborhood would like to see development take place at a level that takes these things into consideration,since inevitably, those of us who plan on staying here, will have to live with the aftermath of development out of pace with infrastructure growth/improvement long after most of you anonymae have left to go save the rights of other poor unsuspecting beings.
Shame, shame, shame on you.......

3:19 PM  

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