Friday, January 10, 2014

'We Are Gowanus' Heading To Board Of Standards And Appeals Regarding Proposed Rock And Roll Playhouse On Bond Street

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We Are Gowanus (WAG), the group of residents who have been fighting to keep the proposed Rock And Roll Playhouse at 280 Bond Street from impacting their quality of life, are asking others to join them at an important Board Of Standards And Appeals hearing on the issue.

WAG just sent around the following meeting information in an email:
"We are writing today to ask that you attend a very important upcoming meeting, NEXT TUESDAY, JANUARY 14TH, at 10am in Spector Hall, the Bureau of Standards and Appeals, 22 Reade Street, Manhattan.The 4/5/6 trains to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall is the closest subway station. 
The DOB issued its final determination in October, 2013 (which was only done after we sued them). Advisors, community activists and lawyers encouraged us to appeal this decision based on existing case law and a trove of supporting evidence. 
The appeal process starts on January 14th at our first Board of Standards and Appeals hearing. Hired experts along with with members of this committee have compiled a thorough dossier of information that supports our case. We hope you can make it. Please RSVP to let us know how many people we can expect."
Here is a little background on this matter:
Back in April 2013, home owners on Sackett and Degraw Street, whose properties abut 280 Bond Street, an 5,650 SF industrial warehouse, received a certified letter informing them of upcoming construction to the building. The work would involve alterations to the existing warehouse into The Rock & Roll Playhouse (RRPH), a family-oriented and kid-friendly music venue.
The letter noted that the Playhouse would include a restaurant and "daily programming and classes for children 10 and younger."
The residents became alarmed after finding out that the Playhouse’s owner was none other than Peter Shapiro, who is known for several large clubs, including the Brooklyn Bowl, a bowling and live music performance space in Williamsburg.
After pressing for more details, the homeowners were told that besides the kids classes and family-friendly programming, Shapiro intended to operate an over-21 jazz club after 8 PM that would offer live music seven days a week, feature a full bar with a last call at 1:30 AM, 2 AM on week-ends, and would include a large 3686 SF outdoor space.
For that purpose, he would be applying for a full liquor license as well as a Place Of Assembly Certificate.
Concerned that such a large music venue right in their backyard would impact their quality of life, the homeowners organized and formed "We Are Gowanus (WAG)."
Members of WAG spent months getting petitions signed, meeting with elected officials, and appearing in front of Community Board 6.
They also reached out to the Brooklyn Building's Department to point out that the development should not be allowed under the existing R6B (residential) zoning and to point out issues with discontinued use, use of outdoor space, presence of lot line windows, construction of expanded mezzanine space and prior un-permitted construction.
WAG ultimately sued the Buildings Department to force DOB to issue its decision and the basis for it.
In a final NYC DOB determination issued on October 2, 2013, the agency was in opposition to WAG.
WAG is appealing this decision to the Board Of Standards and Appeal.
Tuesday's meeting is the first hearing of this appeal.


Anonymous said...

I dont blame the residents. who wants to listen to noise from a restaurant or kiddie playland or a jazz club.

give me a break.

I hope the residents win, it doesnt belong there.

Anonymous said...

If the music is indoors and soundproofing is done I don't see the issue. Its not an easy space to make use of, and if its developed with a multi story condo building you will all cry about it too. And if it sits empty and rots away you will also cry over that.

Anonymous said...

The site is in the R6B residential zoning. If there is such a need for more housing in this area, why isn't this site being developed for the residential use which it is zoned for?

Meanwhile the manufacturing district is becoming residential with the Lightstone group project.

Who's crazy idea is this mixed zoning stuff? People don't want to raise families in mixup zoning!Maybe it should be called idiot zoning rather and mixed zoning.