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Old June 5th, 2013, 09:22 PM   #121
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Looks much better than the last design.
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Old August 27th, 2013, 12:07 PM   #122
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Two Trees gets first DOB approvals for demolition at the site: http://bedfordandbowery.com/2013/08/...rt-next-month/


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Old September 9th, 2013, 09:19 PM   #123
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Last-Minute Push for Approval of Domino Design Before Mayor Leaves Office



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Two Trees is seeking approval for SHoP’s unexpected design for the Domino complex from city planning before Amanda Burden steps down and Bloomberg leaves office. Approvals after that will have to wait at least a year while the new mayor appoints commissions, according to a story in Crain’s. While the design has been met with much more critical and public acclaim than the previous plan, Burden’s approval is by no means certain, said the story.

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The scheme deviates considerably from what Ms. Burden spent years crafting up and down the East River waterfront, and Two Trees is struggling to bring her around to its proposal, according to sources. Two Trees had hoped its 2,200 apartments on the site would have been certified by June—the first step in the six-month review process. Now, with negotiations ongoing, the developer hopes for a September certification. That would still leave enough time for Ms. Burden and the planning commission to approve the project, but it would fall to local Councilman Stephen Levin to shepherd Domino through the City Council next year.
The new plan calls for much higher towers than the old one — 60 stories instead of 30- and 40-story towers — but allows more open space and light, with more public access to the waterfront. The new design is more playful and imaginative than the old one, with towers with cutouts in the middle.
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Old September 9th, 2013, 09:59 PM   #124
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uh, that looks cool!
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Old September 27th, 2013, 12:49 PM   #125
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Old September 27th, 2013, 02:54 PM   #126
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This (re?)development project has a rather cool design .
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Old September 27th, 2013, 04:48 PM   #127
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Perimeter fencing going up: http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/0..._site.php#more

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Old September 28th, 2013, 10:01 AM   #128
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Good to see things move forward.
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Old September 28th, 2013, 11:10 AM   #129
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Hopefully this will soon start contruction .
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Old September 28th, 2013, 01:44 PM   #130
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That [] building looks crazy, looking through it to Manhattan could create a lovely frame.
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Old September 29th, 2013, 04:24 AM   #131
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In the Domino project, I love the Siamese towers, which SHoP also designed for JDS' project near the UN. The Siamese design is hard to perceive in most renderings.

For example, compare this rendering, in which it's hard to perceive:



With this one:



The "rectangular donut" tower also is awesome!



Of course, SHoP's greatest gift to Gotham is the "Stairway to Heaven"!

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Old September 29th, 2013, 04:26 AM   #132
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reeeeeaaaaaaally not a fan...
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Old September 30th, 2013, 06:16 PM   #133
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While most East River Bridges have a great skyline view towards Manhattan, the Williamsburg Bridge will have a fantastic close up view on this development.
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Old October 17th, 2013, 11:14 PM   #134
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At Brooklyn’s Domino Sugar Site, Waning Opposition to Prospect of Luxury Towers



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It is the consummate landmark for 2013 Williamsburg: a monument of the Brooklyn neighborhood’s industrial past that a developer has decided to transform into luxury high-rise buildings, knowing that people will pay to live in them for the unmatched views, the industrial-chic glamour and the neighborhood, the most up-and-coming of them all.

The Domino Sugar refinery, whose colossal machinery fell silent for good in 2004, is known across the East River in Manhattan for the neon “Domino Sugar” sign that presides over its sooty brick walls. Now the factory, which opened in the 1880s, is seen as a turning point for a neighborhood that has drifted far from its working-class roots. Some neighborhood advocates say the development plan, which the New York City Planning Commission is expected to certify next week to begin the public review process, could become a model for socially responsible development; others believe it could be the final stroke for the gritty, intimate Williamsburg they have known.



Many residents are simply resigned to the march of glass-and-metal luxury towers down the East River. If the Domino site must be developed, the thinking seems to go, the latest plan, a $1.5 billion Two Trees Management project, may be the best that can be hoped for.

“The fact of the matter is, this neighborhood’s changed so much in the last 10 years, and I don’t necessarily see it stopping,” said Matthew Viragh, the owner of Nitehawk Cinema, a popular independent movie theater a few blocks from the factory. “If Two Trees doesn’t develop this, somebody else will, is sort of my mentality, unfortunately.”

The refinery will be converted into offices under the Two Trees plan, but the other buildings will be torn down. Demolition began two weeks ago.


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Old November 4th, 2013, 10:00 PM   #135
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Starting Gun Looms For Domino Sugar

Revamped plans for the 11-acre site on the Williamsburg waterfront were certified by the City Planning Commission on Monday, clearing the way for a lengthy public review of the project. Construction could start as soon as late 2014.



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An application for the redevelopment of the hulking Domino Sugar refinery on the Williamsburg waterfront was certified by the City Planning Commission on Monday afternoon. The approval clears the way for the ambitious plan by developer Jed Walentas and his company Two Trees Management to begin the city's labyrinthine public review process. The developer hopes to break ground on the 11-acre, mixed-use project as soon as the end of next year.

The proposal envisions construction of four buildings plus a revamp of the existing landmarked structure into a total of 2.3 million square feet of residential space, more than 500,000 square feet of office space and more than 70,000 square feet of retail space along the East River just north of the Williamsburg Bridge. Two Trees bought the site, which included approvals for a massive development, from CPC Resources for $185 million a year ago, but decided to go back to the drawing board. The developer put aside its predecessor's plans for a series of 30 to 40-story towers, in favor of an approach that drew more on Two Trees' success in transforming another formerly-industrial Brooklyn waterfront neighborhood, Dumbo, over the last 20 years.

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To draw up its plans, Two Trees brought in SHoP Architects, which significantly changed the shape of the buildings. The new design calls for taller, slimmer structures with large cut outs, designed to maintain the community's views of Manhattan and increase light and open space.

"They are designed to break the monotony of these 35-story, non-descript towers that are marching down the waterfront from Long Island City," said Mr. Lombino.

Two Trees has also committed to building 660 units of affordable housing, provided current subsidies for such units remain accessible, and will be including nearly seven acres of open space, including a public park. The project will be one of the first major undertakings to begin its approval process under the Bloomberg administration and end with a new mayor and a drastically altered City Council. But if the process goes as planned, the developers hope to break ground at the end of next year on the first building, a 16-story tower where about half of the 400 units will be affordable. In all plans call for more than 2,200 apartments.
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Old November 4th, 2013, 10:42 PM   #136
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great news, this is one of my favourite projects in NYC!
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Old November 9th, 2013, 12:40 AM   #137
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Didn't like it at first but the more I see it the more I like it
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Old November 10th, 2013, 10:31 AM   #138
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It's something my hometown of Jersey City should also try to do...build a skyline with a unique identity, don't just do the boxy glass tower thing but be creative and visionary, with a sense of functionality AND fun! Love it that those behind this also is dong the breathtaking " stairway to heaven" VIBE AT 107 w 57TH!
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Old November 27th, 2013, 04:36 AM   #139
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APPROVED but let's not get ahead of ourselves!



Domino Sugar project gets thumbs up from land use committee
http://therealdeal.com/blog/2013/11/...use-committee/

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Community Board One’s land use committee gave Two Trees’ Domino Sugar Factory conversion plan the green light last night in a seven-to-one vote.
Two Trees’ promise to include 660 units of affordable housing reportedly went over well with the board, which also recommended hiring locally for the project and suggested a redistribution of the development’s affordable housing units. The current plan would place one fifth of the affordable units in the development’s first tower rather than spreading them evenly among all five.
Two Trees launched the ULURP process at the beginning of November, and the proposal will go before the full community board for review in the coming weeks. [Brownstoner] — Julie Strickland
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Old December 11th, 2013, 11:24 AM   #140
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Closing Bell: Votes on Greenpoint Landing, Domino Today

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Today is a big day for the Williamsburg-Greenpoint waterfront. The City Council planned to vote earlier today on the 10-tower Greenpoint Landing complex, and the full board of Community Board One is voting tonight on Two Trees’ Domino proposal.

The City Council has set a date of December 19 for its postponed vote on 77 Commercial Street to give Council Member Steve Levin more time to try to broker an agreement with developer The Chetrit Group.
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