Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens stands at a crossroads for preservation. The neighborhood houses a historic district that encompasses two complete blocks, but some residents want a bigger one. Others would prefer not to expand that one or designate a new one at all.
The original historic district was designated on Sept. 25, 1973. Protected structures include brownstones and some of the neighborhood’s unique front gardens, set back from the street about 30 feet.
Since then, interest in expanding the district has been a frequent reoccurring community discussion. The development boom of the last decade brought the issue to the forefront.
Some residents feel they must protect the area from impending changes that might mar the area’s unique qualities. Others maintain that they may do whatever they wish with their property.
Simeon Bankoff, executive director of the Historic Districts Council, and John Hatheway of John Hatheway Architects were able to speak on the situation.