Wednesday, August 29, 2007

More Neighborhood Intrigue Over 360 Smith Street

What would a week be without more intrigue concerning that controversial building at 360 Smith Street in Carroll Gardens? The emails making the rounds yesterday concerned who is (and isn't) invited to a meeting with developer Billy Stein scheduled to take place this evening at Assemblywoman Joan Millman's office. One of the local groups that has been most vocal about both neighborhood zoning issues and the building itself, CORD, requested to be included in the meeting. The group's members, who turned out in significant numbers for the Town Hall session last week, were told by Ms. Millman and by City Council Member Bill de Blasio that they would ask the developer and get back to them. The last email we saw said, "CORD has neither been invited nor otherwise notified." On a more positive note, some members of the group--which has gathered more than 2,000 petition signatures calling for a moratorium on tall buildings in the neighborhood, will be meeting with Mr. de Blasio very soon to discuss the building moratorium, and the still developing plans for 360 Smith Street. Stay tuned for much more.

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