June 17, 2008 Mr. Dan Hollander Vice President 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 ...

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  1. Latest Letter to the Clarett Group
  2. May Event: David vs. Goliath: Neighborhood Planning in the Face of Large-Scale Development
  3. USBA Monthly Meeting Saturday, May 10th 11:30 AM
  4. Brooklyn Historical Society Gowanus Exhibit
  5. Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Assocation Meeting Monday, May 12th
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Latest Letter to the Clarett Group

June 17, 2008

Mr. Dan Hollander

Vice President

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,

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Lind

Spokesperson

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

· C.O.R.D.

· Hoyt Street Alliance

· South Brooklyn Local Development Corporation

· Union Sackett Block Association

    

May Event: David vs. Goliath: Neighborhood Planning in the Face of Large-Scale Development


The Municipal Art Society of New York, as part of its Campaign for Community Based Planning, will present a series of panel discussions to promote community-based planning in New York City.The series, titled “Creating the City We All Want: A Roadmap,” will be conducted in conjunction with the release of the Fifth Edition of Planning for All New Yorkers: the Atlas of Community-Based Plans, a resource that compiles all community-based plans undertaken in New York City since 1989. This series will explore the potential of neighborhood-led plans to shape equitable development and growth in the city, from the perspective of elected officials, community advocates, and planners.

Many observers opine that community-driven plans—official and approved through a city process or unofficial but widely recognized—are no real hedge against unwanted development. But in the cases of West Harlem, Midtown East, and Atlantic Yards, would developers have had carte blanche without community plans? How do community planners believe alternative plans can be more effective? How can alternative plans guarantee that future development will fit consensus-based neighborhood visions? We’ll look at some recent cases—West Harlem, Midtown East, and Prospect Heights/Fort Greene—where developer-driven plans threaten to undermine community vision, and examine the place of community-based planning in these struggles.

Panelists:

Alberto Vourvoulias-Bush, Executive Director, El Diario/La Prensa (moderator)
Anthony Borelli, Director of Land Use, Planning and Development, Office of the Manhattan Borough President
Marshall Brown, Architect, UNITY Plan for Atlantic Yards
Candace Carponter, Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods
Jordi Reyes-Montblanc, Chairperson, Manhattan Community Board 6

When:

May 14, 2008 6:00 pm


Where:
Municipal Art Society
457 Madison Ave. (at 51st Street)
Manhattan


RSVP
E-mail
rsvp@mas.org or call 212-935-2075

More Info
Municipal Art Society

    

USBA Monthly Meeting Saturday, May 10th 11:30 AM

Monthly Meeting:

This Saturday, May 10th 11:30 AM
Meeting Room of the Carroll Gardens Branch of the Public Library
Corner of Union and Clinton Sts.

Agenda items:

1. Re-Cap wide streets amendment hearing from May 7th

2. Carroll Gardens downzoning update

3. Report on a meeting at Councilman De Blasio's office attended by Core Members of the USBA, during which development issues and our continued neighborhood involvement was discussed.

4. Discussion about the USBA's request for a limited extension of the Cobble Hill landmark district into a small section of Carroll Gardens.


This should be a short meeting unless we should hear from Clarett before hand. The biggest item will be our introduction of the issue of landmarking in Carroll Gardens.


Thank you.

****Note to any of our elected officials or aides: please do not feel any obligation to be at his meeting; we really do hope to make it short and we know that you have had a lot this week. You are very appreciated.
    

Brooklyn Historical Society Gowanus Exhibit


    

Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Assocation Meeting Monday, May 12th

CGNA General Meeting
Monday, May 12, 2008
7:30 PM
St Mary Star of the Sea Senior Residence
41 First St (Hoyt & Bond)

AGENDA:

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


EVERYONE WELCOME!



    

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