Gowanus Nursery Appeals for Help Fighting Likely Eviction
On Wednesday August 22, a small group of business owners, employees and clients attended a city planning meeting that was to decide the fate of a few parcels of land located on Summit and Carroll streets.The building that would replace the Gowanus Nursery, which is at 45 Summit Street, would be nearly a dozen stories tall.
The likely outcome is Gowanus Nursery will be forced to move, once again.
Remarkably this change is a thinly disguised 'spot zoning' to allow for a residential development in a grandfathered commercial zone. This action, in the words of community Board 6, has been the most aggressive use of ULURP (re-zoning) procedures that the current board has ever seen, forcing out active and flourishing businesses to make way for residential development.
Borough President Marty Markowitz's recommendations suggested that the nursery occupied lot provided property owners the opportunity to lease under-developed land with minimal investment (part true since the only investment came in the form of our own labor and financial funding.) There seems something fundamentally wrong with labeling well-used open 'green' space as 'under-developed.' On a personal note, I am frustrated not only by the futility of the work we have already logged here, but also by the casual way that zoning change is happening in 'our' neighborhood.
Last year, you my customers and colleagues came to offer your services during the first move. Now I ask for your help to help save this 'green oasis' from perishing in the changes affecting all of Brooklyn.
One of the questions asked by the city planning commissioners was "We have heard a lot of testimony about how this is the 'best' nursery, could you please give some definite examples to support this statement?" Well we hope that our garden making has been successful; stimulating ideas and offering advice, suggesting different ways of seeing plants and how they effect our environment directly and indirectly. Of course something akin to a mission remains: providing gardeners experience-based knowledge and the broadest selection of perennial plants for Brooklyn gardens.
We hope that you can take the time to email the following parties to let them know in a few words what makes us an important part of the neighborhood and the whole Brooklyn experience.
Council representative - Bill de Blasio; City Council Speaker - Christine Quinn; Land Use Committee Chairperson - Melinda R. Katz; Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The following are some statements to paste into your appeal:It's impossible to run a nursery without land. Businesses such as these provide necessary services to the community, and are the reason we choose Brooklyn.
Please help Gowanus Nursery to remain a Brooklyn institution.
We support green business in Brooklyn.
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