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Old March 23rd, 2014, 04:51 AM   #181
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the white building is really nothing special regular industrial cement building of 1930s. The original sugar plant brick building behind - that is the gem worth saving and I am glad it is being saved and redeveloped. Good idea. Besides these brick walls will literally stand forever with normal maintenance.
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Site starting to look quite tidy. I'm curious to see how they're going to tear down the big white building.

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Old April 24th, 2014, 09:09 PM   #183
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If you can even call it white.
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Old April 25th, 2014, 07:44 PM   #184
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So close to full approval.

Azúcar: Crucial City Council vote goes Walentas' way

By Lore Croghan / Brooklyn Daily Eagle
4/25/2014

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Two Trees Management's massive Domino Sugar Refinery redevelopment project on the waterfront in Williamsburg moved a step forward by winning a go-ahead vote from City Councilman Stephen Levin and the council's Land Use Committee Thursday.

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A vote by the full City Council is set for April 29 to approve the mega-project planned for the 11-acre Kent Avenue site. It will include the preservation of an iconic former factory, which consists of three buildings from the 1880s – and the famous 40-foot yellow neon Domino sign that can be seen from the East River.
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Old April 25th, 2014, 08:08 PM   #185
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Azúcar: Crucial City Council vote goes Walentas' way

By Lore Croghan / Brooklyn Daily Eagle
4/25/2014
A very interesting project..... hopefully gets the final yes quickly and can start groundbreaking and refurbishing the old plant as well soon!
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Old May 13th, 2014, 06:17 AM   #186
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Here's a view of Manhattan that hasn't existed in decades. This is looking west at S. 4th and Wythe. Eventually the two 560 ft towers of site "d" will frame the picture on the left along with the lower graduated building on site "e" on the right. The beige building will be gone.

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Old May 15th, 2014, 04:50 PM   #187
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Sweet sweep! Domino Sugar development clears final hurdle

By Danielle Furfaro
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May 15, 2014

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The latest Domino Sugar factory development plan passed the Council in a unanimous vote on Wednesday, opening the way for construction on the mega-development after years of heated debate over the project.

Developer Two Trees Management Company’s vision includes five towers that are supposed to hold thousands of residential units, office space, retail stores, and a school. The company put forward the plan despite the previous owner having obtained city approval for its proposal over activist opposition. Company officials said the unusual strategy it pursued after buying the stagnant site for $185 million a year and a half ago paid off.

“We took a big gamble, passing up an approved plan and going back through the political process because we wanted to build something innovative and worthy of the magnificent site and the dynamic neighborhood,” said Dave Lombino, Two Trees’ head of special projects. “Today’s approval is an endorsement of that vision and we can’t wait to break ground later this year. We hope Domino will become a model for thoughtful mixed-use development, with world-class design, affordable housing and new open space.”

The plan approved by the Council contains concessions Mayor DeBlasio had demanded from the company, including increasing the amount of so-called “affordable housing” from 500,000 square feet of the 2.28 million square feet of floor space in the luxury complex, to a total of 610,000 square feet, or 700 units of 2,300.

Two Trees officials say it will take between 10 to 15 years to build the vertical village at the base of the Williamsburg Bridge.
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Old June 3rd, 2014, 06:20 PM   #188
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Permits Filed: 2 Grand Street

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Domino Redevelopment, Phase 1 -- 2 Grand Street at far left, image by SHoP



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Now that Two Trees’ plan for the Domino Redevelopment has passed through the City Council, work on the site’s new towers can finally begin, and the first permits are up for phase one, at 2 Grand Street. SHoP is the design architect, while Ismael Leyva is serving as the architect of record.
2 Grand Street will become a substantial addition to the Williamsburg waterfront, totaling 785,888 square feet, the bulk of which will be residential. At the base, 11,018 square feet will be occupied by ground-floor retail, while 75,145 square feet will be dedicated to a ‘community facility.

The remaining space will be split between 658 residences, and the tower will stand 35 stories and 369 feet tall. Height and affordability have both been contentious topics in the neighborhood, and ironically, many proponents of ‘affordable’ housing also favor prohibitive limits on density.

Completion of 2 Grand Street is likely within the next two to three years, while the project’s full, 3.3 million square foot build-out may take upwards of a decade.
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Old August 9th, 2014, 12:49 AM   #189
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Two Trees Drops $10M To Salvage Domino Factory Pieces



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When Two Trees unveiled its SHoP-tastic makeover for the Domino Sugar Factory last year, the developer mentioned an "Artifact Walk"—described by SHoP partner Vishaan Chakrabarti as "Williamsburg's version of the High Line"—that would incorporate bits of machinery from the factory. Landscape architects from James Corner Field Operations are currently surveying the site for relics. Reps for Two Trees say that salvaging expedition costs $10 million, and according to the Daily News, here's what will be saved:

1) 80-foot-tall gantry cranes. The cranes were used to unload raw sugar from ships that arrived from Latin America and the Caribbean. These will sit at one of the artifact walk.

2) 425-foot-long rail tracks. The tracks, which supported the cranes, will serve as the "backbone" for the new walkway

3) Structural columns from the sugar warehouse (where Kara Walker's installation was held). Along with the rail tracks, these will be incorporated into the base of the walkway.

4) Big metal tanks, which collected syrup during the refining process.

5) Mooring bollards, the metal posts that ships were tied to when they docked).

6) Bucket elevators, a thing that Wikipedia describes as "a mechanism for hauling flowable bulk materials."

7) "Various dials, meters and valves" from machinery will be used in a play area for children




8) The iconic Domino Sugar sign. The 40-foot-tall yellow sign is currently being taken down. This won't be used in the Artifact Walk, but rather it will be put on the renovated refinery building when construction is complete.



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Old September 25th, 2014, 02:33 AM   #190
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Old September 25th, 2014, 02:34 AM   #191
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Old September 26th, 2014, 11:47 PM   #192
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Old September 27th, 2014, 12:09 AM   #193
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That's what 130 years of soot and grime looks like.
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Old October 20th, 2014, 08:29 PM   #194
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Scaffolding for removing the Domino sign



And here are the rusty containers from the renderings...

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Old October 21st, 2014, 12:37 AM   #195
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They will add some more historic authenticity to the plan
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Old December 7th, 2014, 12:50 AM   #196
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Great progress! I was up in the area a few weeks ago and passed by Havemeyer Park. It's been closed, but not dismantled yet. Does anybody know when excavation for the first tower is supposed to begin?
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Old February 6th, 2015, 10:16 AM   #198
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Domino #dominosugarfactory #domino #brooklyn #williamsburg #williamsburgbridge #manhattan #newyorkcity #newyork #iheartny #imagesforyoursenses #andthewallscometumbilingdown by bahramforoughi, on Flickr
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Old February 18th, 2015, 07:32 PM   #199
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I wonder how long the demolition will take>?
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It must be nearly complete at this point.
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