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Old December 11th, 2013, 09:39 PM   #141
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This has been approved and will move forward!
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Old December 11th, 2013, 10:28 PM   #142
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Council Passes Greenpoint Landing, Local Board Votes Yes on Domino



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Community Board One gave the thumbs up to Two Trees’ innovative Domino proposal last night. The developer already had the right to build a previously approved complex, but scrapped it in favor of an unusual design from SHoP, above, that features taller buildings with views through cutouts and more publicly accessible green space, among other things.

The board recommended some changes, such as adding some three bedrooms to the affordable units, designating some affordable units for residents making 30 percent of the area median income, and giving preference to area businesses in some of the retail space.

“After more than a year of outreach and collaboration with local leaders, the community board vote makes it clear that neighborhood residents strongly prefer our new vision for Domino to the existing zoning,” Two Trees Director of Special Projects David Lombino told us. “We also heard a number of other community demands, including a guarantee of 660 units of integrated affordable housing, and we will be working with the two local council members, along with the city, to make that a reality during the remainder of the public review process.”

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Domino now awaits full approval by the City Council.
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Old December 11th, 2013, 11:19 PM   #143
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can't wait to see this project finished
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Old December 16th, 2013, 11:02 PM   #144
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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/16/ny...-projects.html
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Old December 17th, 2013, 12:07 AM   #145
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Look at that abysmal waste of space. If only we could stop this plan and preserve the beautiful Williamsburg waterfront.
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Old December 17th, 2013, 06:53 PM   #146
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That was sarcasm right?
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Old December 17th, 2013, 06:58 PM   #147
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That was sarcasm right?
Hopefully...otherwise the NIMBYs have infiltrated!
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Old December 17th, 2013, 07:08 PM   #148
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That was sarcasm right?
C'mon now guys.
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Old December 18th, 2013, 01:25 AM   #149
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Landmarks Preservation Commission to Two Trees: Domino factory makeover plan must be refined



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The city Landmarks Preservation Commission sent Two Trees Management's makeover plan for the historic Domino Sugar Refinery back to the drawing board.

Some of the commissioners at a public hearing in Lower Manhattan Tuesday objected to the height and massing of proposed glass-clad additions to the roof of the iconic former factory on the Williamsburg waterfront.

At the same time, the developer's decision to turn the shuttered factory into office space for techies and creative types was widely applauded at the hearing.

The preservation agency's unwillingness to approve a fancy fix-up for the city landmark at 292-314 Kent Ave. will slow, however slightly, the progress of Two Trees' planned $1.5 billion development of the 11-acre Domino site.

The proposed additions, designed by distinguished Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, would obscure the roofline of the shuttered factory, Commissioner Michael Devonshire said, echoing the sentiments of several of his cohort.

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Old December 18th, 2013, 01:32 AM   #150
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The extension doesn't look bad in this case, but they usually do. Still, I wouldn't be bothered if they removed it from the plan.

Just as long as it doesn't look as awful as it currently does...
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Old December 18th, 2013, 01:54 AM   #151
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I just wonder why they're keeping those dippy tanks:





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Old December 18th, 2013, 02:08 AM   #152
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I guess they want to leave more reference to the original function than just the chimney.
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Old December 18th, 2013, 10:44 PM   #153
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Domino Sugar plan must be revised: Landmarks board

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The Landmarks Preservation Commission criticized the height and glass roof additions proposed for Two Trees Management’s $1.5 billion Domino Sugar Refinery project on the Williamsburg waterfront.

The city agency said yesterday at a public hearing that the redevelopment plan for the 11-acre site would have to be revised in order to receive its support. Just six years ago, the shuttered factory at 292-314 Kent Avenue was designated a landmark. Plans call for 2,284 apartments, 631,000 square feet of office space and a quarter-mile waterfront park. Around one-third of the 660 affordable housing units are to be in the first tower slated for construction. Two Trees bought the site for $185 million in October 2012.

Commissioner Michael Devonshire expressed concerns that the roofline of the former factory would be obscured. Street-level signs above the building entrances would say “Domino,” a touch that the commission said was excessive.

You can tear down ornate buildings in Manhattan for soulless glassy condo boxes but tamper with the roofline of a crumbling sugar refinery in Brooklyn and the LPC goes berserk!
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Old December 18th, 2013, 11:08 PM   #154
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Interestingly, I did not even notice that they added something to the top before Landmarks brought it up...
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Old December 19th, 2013, 03:03 PM   #155
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You can tear down ornate buildings in Manhattan for soulless glassy condo boxes but tamper with the roofline of a crumbling sugar refinery in Brooklyn and the LPC goes berserk!
There is something like gradation of importance for monuments. Generally rare buildings are more valuable so they need more protection. I think this is the case here.
Of course that doesn't mean that tearing down Drake Hotel or other huge tenements on Manhattan wasn't wrong.
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Old December 19th, 2013, 04:34 PM   #156
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There is something like gradation of importance for monuments. Generally rare buildings are more valuable so they need more protection. I think this is the case here.
Of course that doesn't mean that tearing down Drake Hotel or other huge tenements on Manhattan wasn't wrong.
Well nobody has proposed tearing down the Domino Refinery building. This is about maintaining its original roofline (as if that matters). The key elements of the structure, it's historic brick industrial core and the Domino sign, are being preserved. Walentas gives and gives and yet these people want more while other developers are allowed to simply shit all over the city without so much as a peep.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 11:27 AM   #157
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Brooklyn Borough President Signs Off On Domino Plans

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Two Trees’ Domino proposal has cleared another level of the land use review process. On the last day of the year, Tuesday, outgoing Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz approved the plan along with a few minor modifications, such as variances for zoning, commercial space and affordable housing.

“We are extremely grateful for Borough President Markowitz’s support for the Domino Sugar project over the past year and approval of our plans this week,” said Two Trees’ Jed Walentas in an emailed statement. “We look forward to working with new Borough President Eric Adams and Brooklyn leaders over the next few years to bring more affordable housing, local jobs, and much needed public open space to South Williamsburg.”

Next up, Domino will need approval from the City Planning Commission and the City Council to get full ULURP certification.
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Old January 7th, 2014, 02:44 PM   #158
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The tower nearest the bridge just looks wrong with the band half way up. Something about it just doesn't sit right.
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Old January 14th, 2014, 10:30 PM   #159
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Landmarks Preservation Commission approves Domino plan: http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2014/0...omino_wire.php




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Old January 15th, 2014, 04:18 PM   #160
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So will they keep the glass structure on top of the factory building after all?
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