Wednesday, July 25, 2007

360 Smith, Bill De Blasio vs. Scarano Update


For all my local Carroll Gardens Readers, here is a quick update from Triada over at C.O.R.D.
It is still unclear to most residents here what the buildings department has already approved or will approve, what the place will look like and if Bill deBlasio is going to be able to stop architect Robert Scarano. Not that it matters much since the project can go on without Scarano. If I hear more, I will let you know.

Re Meeting : Town Hall Meeting Event with Councilman deBlasio/CORD

Hello from Cord!
Last week we told our readers/signers to STAY TUNED! for the Great Town Hall Event with Councilman Bill deBlasio to happen this week to discuss
1) 360 Smith street
2) Our CG CORD petition calling for a moratorium and
3) Carroll Gardens re-zoning and/or landmarking options and timetables

A few CORD members visited Mr. deBlasio today at his Open House from 4-7 PM at his office.
We discussed all of the above points and received the following answers from the Councilman and his Assistant, Tom Gray:

1) The Town Hall Event which will focus on re-zoning and/or landmarking will be held after Labor Day on an unspecified date.

2) The permits on 360 Smith Street are NOT imminent, according to the Councilman, and the approval process at the DOB for 360 Smith Street has been slowed down due to the recent investigations into the architect, Mr. Robert Scarano, according to Mr. deBlasio. In the meantime, CORD has noticed SEVERAL strange discrepancies on the paperwork at the DOB already! Mr. deBlasio did not comment on these discrepancies.

3) A smaller meeting to discuss 360 Smith Street will be held sooner than the Town Hall meeting. The developer, Mr. Billy Stein, has not offered, however, to attend any meetings, to date, with the ACTUAL building plans in hand, even though approvals for these plans have been issued by the DOB, and even though this information is supposedly "public" at this stage in the process.

CORD is suggesting our members call Mr. deBlasio's office to persist in asking more questions and getting even more answers! The Borough of Brooklyn is our home, after all, and the Councilman is supposed to be there to help us constituents, is he not?

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