June 17, 2008
Mr. Dan Hollander
The Clarett Group
79 Madison Avenue 17th Floor
New York, New York 10016
Dear Mr. Hollander;
We are writing to you today on behalf of the South Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance (SoBNA) and Union-Sackett Block Association, a member of the Alliance.Part of our mission is to work with developers to help incorporate community input into new development projects. Since attending the public presentation of 340 Court Street, now known as "The Collection", we have been fervently hoping that the Clarett Group would agree to meeting with a small group of community leaders including representatives from the Union Sackett Block Association to discuss the design.
Baltic & Warren Neighbors, a group within SoBNA, has had a very successful ongoing working relationship with L&M Development Partners in regards to the Columbia-Hicks Project, a new residential development planned in the Columbia Waterfront Neighborhood. Ron Moelis, a principal in L&M Development Partners, has said on several occasions that the Columbia-Hicks project benefited from community involvement and in turn was a better development project as a whole.
We understand the Columbia- Hicks Project had to go through the ULURP process because of the zoning changes involved and that 340 Court Street is an "as of right" project. However, wouldn't it be beneficial for all if the community welcomed this new building wholeheartedly into Carroll Gardens?
We urge you to reconsider, we believe by holding this meeting you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. We would be very pleased to meet with you in a small group at your earliest convenience and prior to the meeting we would be happy to provide you with an agenda.
We look forward to hearing from you,
South Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance/SoBNA
· Baltic & Warren Neighbors
· Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association, Inc.
· Cobble Hill Association
· Columbia Waterfront Neighborhood Association
· Committee for the Historic Integrity of Cobble Hill
· Hoyt Street Alliance
· South Brooklyn Local Development Corporation
· Union Sackett Block Association
CGNA General Meeting
Monday, May 12, 2008
St Mary Star of the Sea Senior Residence
41 First St (Hoyt & Bond)
Report on Post Office Community Meeting: Frank Verderame
Update on Regional DEP meeting:
Deanna Bitetti, representing the office of US Congressional Rep Yvette Clarke
Dan Wiley,representing the office of Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez
Update on May Sacred Sites Guided Walking Tour: John Heyer
Report from the 76th Precinct
Updates from local action groups
Reports from local elected officials
CGNA Committee Reports
Glenn Kelly and John Hatheway, Land Use
Gary Reilly, Transportation