Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Carroll Gardens Rezoning Rally Set for January 24

City Council Member Bill de Blasio, who is introducing a resolution in the City Council calling on the Department of City Planning to fast track a downzoning of Carroll Gardens and on the Department of Buildings to impose a moratorium on developments more than 50 feet tall, is also holding a rally on January 24. The rally will take place at 11AM at City Planning's Brooklyn office, which is located at 16 Court Street. Downzoning and expanding the tiny neighborhood landmark district are major issues in Carroll Gardens. A draft of the resolution written by Mr. de Blasio, says in part:
Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the Department of City Planning to commence immediately a downzoning study of Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn and upon the Department of Buildings to not issue permits that would allow any new construction or alteration to an existing building to exceed a height limit of 50 feet until the Carroll Gardens neighborhood downzoning is complete.
The resolution, of course, would not have any teeth, but could turn up the political heat on the department to move faster on downzoning the neighborhood. Mr. de Blasio held a rally last summer

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