Thursday, January 24, 2008

Carroll Gardens Downzoning Rally Officially Set for Jan. 29

There has been a great deal of confusion about the date of the rally being planned by City Council Member Bill de Blasio to support a resolution he is introducing calling for a quick rezoning of Carroll Gardens and an interim moratorium on development more than 50 feet tall. At first, it was said to be January 29. Then, a flurry of emails indicated it was January 24. We saw at least a half dozen emails expressing frustration with the confusion, but late yesterday afternoon Mr. de Blasio's District Director Tom Gray sent out an email setting January 29 as the date. The email said:
Join Councilmember Bill de Blasio, Assemblymember Joan Millman, The Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association, Carroll Gardens Coalition For Respectful Development, Baltic & Warren Neighbors, Columbia Waterfront Neighborhood Association and The Union-Sackett Association and support a resolution calling upon the Department of City Planning to immediately commence a downzoning study of Carroll Gardens to protect our neighborhood.
The rally will take place at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, January 29 at City Planning's Brooklyn Office, which is located at 16 Court Street. Mr. de Blasio's measure is a resolution, which by definition, has no legal authority.

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