Saturday, April 05, 2008

Carroll Gardens' 340 Court: An Issue of Community Trust?


The word "trust" came up repeatedly in a session between angry Carroll Gardens residents on Thursday night and members of the Clarett Group team developing a new building at 340 Court Street. Residents have been deeply upset about the way early work has been carried out the site and a lack of communication about the project. Local officials, including Council Member Bill de Blasio and Rep. Yvette Clarke, have gotten involved in discussions, and the developer did finally agree to come to what was almost certain to be a grilling in Carroll Gardens. The meeting had many tense moments. (We will note the developer had no obligation to come to such a meeting or to discuss the project as it is taking place under existing zoning and requires no special approvals.) The design produced by Rogers Marvel (which is, unfortunately, only available in the bootleg form of photos taken of the renderings...which manage to give the building a blob-like appearance with blurred detail) was roundly criticized by many residents, particularly for the use of a gray building material and for its height.

One interesting exchange symbolized the relationship between the community and developer. Residents asked Clarett VP Dan Hollander about digging that had gone on on property that doesn't apparently belong to Clarett.

"It's not us," Mr. Hollander responded.

Resident began hooting and asking who might be excavating, if not Clarett. "If there was digging then it was in error," he said.

A resident pressed the point again and Mr. Hollander showed a flash of anger. "I don't think this is the forum to talk about" such details, he said. "Mistakes do happen." Then, Mr. Hollander said, "I don't like being tarred because of particular concerns that haven't come to my attention." Residents have asked the developer back for more discussion and another presentation.

340 Court Union St Side



Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's too big. like a beached tanker. the court street side. and solid stoops would be, what? too much to handle? this is brownstone brooklyn, not greystone..

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder what the opposition sounded like when people wanted to build.. (gulp) brownstones on the farm land that was here. I bet people hated the idea....

time moves on people, and so does the city.

1:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, once we all thought building was "progress" even while giving up our farm land.

Building today is just another big imposition on everyone with no real gain to be seen (except for the developer). Meanwhile the community has to submit to all the impact problems of the building and then the we have to make room for the needs of all the newcomers.

It's not about resisting change, its about the community seeing no benifit, just alot of squashing out of what it here. If there were real visable comunity improvements might not the response be different?

What good is ths kind of change?

4:45 PM  

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