The above is presentation given by Architects John Hatheway and Chris McVoy at Borough President Markowitz's office in November recommending a height limit of 80 feet along the canal.
***Newsflash***Borough President Marty Markowitz weighs in on Toll Brothers' Gowanus Development. He approves with conditions. As soon as I confirm and clarify those conditions, I will report back.
Answer me something, dear reader! Why do our public officials, as well as our city agencies, hold public hearings and then not 'hear' the community who comes to testify? In the case of the Toll Brothers' Gowanus Development, a majority of neighborhood residents have time and again testified that they believe that the project should not be allowed to proceed ahead of the planned city-wide re-zoning for the area. They have expressed their serious concerns about the toxic nature of the canal and have questioned the logic of building housing along its shore. There have also been calls to reduce the height of the Toll project from 12 stories to 8, citing that the lower height would have less impact on the adjacent 2-4 story brownstone Carroll Gardens neighborhood.
I will be attending today's meeting. So will other community residents who have taken time out of their incredibly busy schedules to make their voices heard.
Lets hope that City Planning will actually LISTEN.
NOTICE From City Planning:
363-365 BOND STREET
On Wednesday, January 7, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., in Spector Hall, at the Department Planning, 22 Reade Street, in Lower Manhattan, a public hearing is being heldby the City Planning Commission in conjunction with the above ULURP hearing to receive comments related to a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)concerning a zoning text amendment and a related zoning map amendment tochange an existing M2-1 zoning district to a Special Mixed Use District (M1-4/R7-2)for two blocks (Blocks 452 and 458) located along the west waterfront of the Gowanus Canal in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn Community District 6.The proposed actions would facilitate a proposal by the applicant, Toll Brothers,Inc., to redevelop their project site (Block 452, Lots 1 and 15 and Block 458, Lot 1)with a mix of residential (market rate and affordable), commercial, community facility, and open space uses. The applicant is also seeking a special permit to modify height and setback, inner courtyard recess, and rear yards requirements within a General Large-Scale Development.
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