Monday, February 25, 2008

Controversial 360 Smith Street Building Gets the Green Light

360Smith blue sky

Permits were issued on Friday for the controversial Carroll Gardens condo that will be going up at 360 Smith Street. Documents on the Department of Buildings website, to which GL was directed by a neighborhood source, show an okay for a seven-story, 70-foot-tall structure with 44 units with a total of 65,203 square feet. The architect of record on all the documents is Robert Scarano, although developer Billy Stein revealed that Mr. Scarano has been replaced by Armand Quadrini, who produced the latest renderings of what we originally called the Heavy Metal Building last May after Mr. Scarano's original design. The 360 Smith building was one of the major factors behind the founding of the CORD group and the push to downzone Carroll Gardens to prevent new development of similar density. The 360 Smith building is being developed "as of right," meaning that it is permitted by current zoning. The DOB's website shows that five separate permits were issued on Friday. Some core sampling and other work had already taken place on the site.

360 Smith DOB

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

That 'wide street' law must be changed before more developers swoop down on us...what can we do???

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sucks. Does anyone know if these means they'll be closing the 2nd street subway entrance, as was mentioned in some early plans? Nothing like inconveniencing hundreds and hundreds of people every day for months (years?) to line one developer's pockets. It needs to be stopped...

2:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad they're building this. I want to stay in the neighborhood but there is extremely limited apartment stock and we can't afford a brownstone or townhouse. We need a bigger apartment. Places like this and developments at the opposite end of the neighborhood like the ones on Dean Street and Baltic Street mean that people like myself that have become vested in the community can stay here as our families grow.

6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there is no room for families to grow/live in condo buildings like these because they are all one bedrooms and studios and they are pricey with condo fees on top of mortgages

families need more space and green than that and they also need schools and other amenities

that argument about keeping families here is a joke

this building will cater to Wall Street transients like so many others and will be the place people LEAVE to have a family not STAY to make family!

tats the whole problem with all this overdevelopment and poor planning

it is ANTI-community building in fact

oh well we'll be just like manhattan after all more anonymous and people coming and going all the time

is that so bad? time will tell

New Jersey and Westchester will still be the place so many "families" go to raise their kids

the famlies here have to contend with either over-crowded public schools or pricey private schools; cramped living spaces; lack of green; difficult parking; and a host of other problems now made worse bu so much overdevelopment

that is too stressful and expensive for many families

Carroll Gardens might become a Wall street bedroom after all more than a family community

the wealthiest people might even keep a studio here to have an overnight place while the "family" gets raised elsewhere

many people in Manhattan have this recipe

or they will buy a small condo here and seek a second home elsewhere for the weekends

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and how is this proposal any better than scarano's? looks like the nimby's got exactly what they wanted another steaming pile of mediocrity, well done.

8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our neighborhood as been changing in the last 5 years and is still changing very quickly. This of course does not make me very happy. The soul and spirit of Carroll Gardens is slowly disappearing. Bi buck people move in, as we all know this what rules us here in NYC or anywhere else in the country. Time for us to all get together and protest against this unfair change.

3:32 PM  

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