Thursday, June 21, 2007

Carroll Gardners Post Online Petition, Report Illegal Work

Carroll Gardens residents upset about the proposed building at the corner of Smith Street and Second Place, have posted an online petition "demanding" a moratorium on new buildings more than 50 feet tall in the neighborhood until a comprehensive rezoning is done. The petition reads in part:
Therefore, we DEMAND an immediate moratorium on all buildings and alterations in our neighborhood, where the ultimate height of any structure to be built will exceed a height of fifty feet, while we await a decision on rezoning and or landmarking in our beloved Carroll Gardens.
The petition also says that the "very character of our neighborhood cannot afford to wait" up to five years for a rezoning to take place.

In the meantime, residents allege that some illegal work has been going on at the site for the building that started all the trouble in the neighborhood, 360 Smith Street. The Transit Authority, which has a subway tunnel adjacent to the site says that no work can take place until all approvals and permits are in place. In fact, a Transit Authority employee asked a work crew to leave the site yesterday, according to one resident.

Many residents say they feel ignored by local officials. "The lack of any meaningful communication from Bill de Blasio's office, from [developer Billy] Stein's office and from the Borough President's office is like pouring salt into the wound," one resident told us.

You can find the petition here and Carroll Gardens residents are invited to sign. (Actually, anyone can sign, but it's really intended for neighborhood residents.) Can a YouTube Video of work being done without a permit be far behind?



Blogger twobrook1 said...

It was reported today that the former ILA building at Court and Union Street, which is now owned by LICH, was sold. Don't even want to think about how big a building they can build on that site.

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AS OF RIGHT.......


3:31 PM  

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