The fight over fifteen feet of height for the controversial Carroll Gardens building known as 360 Smith Street will not go away. The building, (formally known as Oliver House) which upset residents enough to lead to the formation of a new community group last year and a renewed push for a neighborhood downzoning, was stopped last month by a "Narrow Streets" Zoning Text Amendment that it helped to spawned. The amendment changes technical zoning language and, in effect, chops the height of buildings on narrow "place streets." When it passed, the Department of Building put a Stop Work Order on the building and, last night, as part of an appeal the developer went to the local community board. Despite the dead of August timing on the night of Barack Obama's acceptance speech in Denver, a crowd of opponents turned up and 500 letters opposing allowing the building to rise to the formerly okay 70 feet rather than the currently okay 55 feet were turned in. The vote against the building was unanimous, with three abstentions. Of course, the final say in the matter will be had by the obscure, yet powerful, Board of Standards and Appeals.
· Community Board Committee Says No to 360 Smith Developer [GL]
· Billy Stein Goes from 360 to 0 [Lost City]
· Controversial Carroll Gardens Building Hits the Pause Button [Curbed]