Carroll Gardens Downzoning Rally: Morning After
Yesterday morning, Carroll Gardens resident, community activists and local politicians gathered on the steps of Borough Hall to try to create some momentum for a downzoning of their neighborhood, which is under increasing development pressure. The 45-minute long rally was organized by City Council Member Bill de Blasio, who is introducing a City Council resolution asking the Department of City Planning to move quickly on rezoning the neighborhood. Mr. de Blasio said that the City Planning Office is committed to a study of rezoning the neighborhood, but the Department's timetable has always been 18-24 months.
Gary Reilly, who produces the Brooklyn Street, Carroll Gardens blog and is running for Mr. de Blasio's seat next year, said that he wanted to prevent Carroll Gardens from "becoming the next Williamsburg." He later wrote in his blog:
A quick note on the Williamsburg comment, before it's taken out of context - I've got nothing against Williamsburg. What I'm opposed to is what crap developers and their architects like "Hot Karl" Fischer have done there . . . and for the record, Hot Karl is currently straddling Carroll Gardens and making his first deposit at 100 Luquer Street. We can't have more of that.Meanwhile, blogger Pardon Me for Asking wrote:
Had it not been for the tireless work of the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association and C.O.R.D., we may not have gotten as far in our effort to protect C.G. I guess this is the place where I should thank our Councilman Bill de Blasio for his contribution. His announcement that City Planning will begin consideration of our rezoning request was welcome news. Also welcome was his resolution for a moratorium on construction until City Planning initiates the the rezoning even though it is not legally binding. In another positive development, the city is going to review and clarify the wide-street issue, hopefully closing a loophole for developers to build higher on blocks with deep gardens which were being counted as part of the street.The Carroll Gardens rezoning push picked up speed last May after early renderings of the "Heavy Metal Building" at 360 Smith Streets were circulated and has been pushed with particular vigor by the CORD group. Yesterday, CORD launched another email and letter writing drive, this time urging residents to contact the Mayor and ask for help to "preserve" the neighborhood in the face of development pressure.
Carroll Gardens Downzoning Rally [Brooklyn Streets Carroll Gardens]
Carroll Gardens is Mad and Isn't Going to Take It Anymore! [PMFA]
At Rally, News of Carroll Gardens Downzoning Progress [Brownstoner]
PM Update: Rally Calls for "Short and Happy" Carroll Gardens [GL]
Keeping Carroll Gardens from Being the 'Next Williamsburg' [Curbed]
Carroll Gardens Residents Seek Zoning Change to Protect Low-Rise Character [BDE]