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Old January 16th, 2014, 01:24 PM   #161
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So will they keep the glass structure on top of the factory building after all?
Yeah, they actually will:

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The commissioners greenlighted the Walentas’ plans to convert the factory into office space with a four-story glass addition on the roof and a three-story addition on the back side of the building.

Despite their previous complaints about the additions, the LPC ultimately supported the design.
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Old January 16th, 2014, 05:53 PM   #162
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They aren't wasting any time with the demo!

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Old January 27th, 2014, 11:19 PM   #163
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New Renderings: Domino Redevelopment - read article in link via NYYimby
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Old January 27th, 2014, 11:27 PM   #164
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Development will go "well into the 2020s"? Brooklyn is already one of the most expensive places to buy in the US. What more does Walentas need?
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Old January 27th, 2014, 11:30 PM   #165
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The plans are as idiotic-looking as ever.
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Old February 16th, 2014, 02:52 AM   #166
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Development will go "well into the 2020s"? Brooklyn is already one of the most expensive places to buy in the US. What more does Walentas need?
Construction will probably take a really long time because of the terrible connection at the tops of the buildings. These really look awful in the renderings, like a random stack of children's blocks plopped down on the waterfront. The Edge and Northside Piers look better.
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Old February 16th, 2014, 02:59 AM   #167
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I wonder when they'll remove the iconic signage from the beige building?
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Old February 16th, 2014, 05:47 PM   #168
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They should keep it somewhere.
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Old February 17th, 2014, 10:17 PM   #169
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I agree. They seem to be mounted on some kind of frame, so they should be easy to remove.
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Old February 17th, 2014, 11:52 PM   #170
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Construction will probably take a really long time because of the terrible connection at the tops of the buildings. These really look awful in the renderings, like a random stack of children's blocks plopped down on the waterfront. The Edge and Northside Piers look better.
Obviously to each his own, but I prefer something a little more unique. The Edge, Northside, and all the condos popping up in LIC look like cheap, cookie-cutter copies.
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Old February 19th, 2014, 07:14 PM   #171
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The old render for this looked like some regurgitated project from bk or something. This new render is sweet. When is this gonna break ground?
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Old March 4th, 2014, 01:17 AM   #172
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As expected, they struck a deal, seems like this one is moving forward. This will be the most exciting project in Brooklyn in the coming years.

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WILLIAMSBURG—This just in: Two Trees and the city have come to an agreement on the amount of affordable housing to be included in the redevelopment of the Domino sugar factory. According to a release from the mayor's office:

The developer will provide an additional 110,000 square feet of affordable housing as part of the project, for a total of 537,000 square feet of affordable housing. The proposal will create 700 affordable apartments covering a range of incomes, including a significant number of units sized for families. Affordable apartments will be integrated throughout the complex, ensuring a dynamic mixed-income community. Unlike prior proposals, all of those units will be permanently affordable. Work on the first building will begin in December 2014.
The plan goes before the City Planning Commission on Wednesday, and, with this revision, is now almost certain to pass.
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Old March 4th, 2014, 11:31 AM   #173
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This is great! I would have agreed to the Mayor's request right away given the goodwill that generates.
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Old March 5th, 2014, 06:22 AM   #174
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City Planning Set To Approve Two Trees' Domino Development



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The Williamsburg waterfront inches closer to its tower-tastic transformation, thanks to an agreement that was made late yesterday to increase the amount of affordable housing in the redevelopment plan for the old Domino Sugar Factory. Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio threw a wrench in developer Two Trees' plans, which include soaring towers designed by SHoP Architects, when he demanded additional affordable housing. Two Tree's principal Jed Walentas was, obviously, less than pleased and threatened to revert to the old plan if a deal with the city could not be reached. But clearly, the weekend put him in a more amenable mood, and he has now agreed to build 537,000-square-feet of affordable housing, about 700 units out of the project's 2,300 total. The number of family-sized two- and three-bedroom affordable units will also be increased. Two Trees previously promised 660 units in 427,000-square-feet, which is still more than 20 percent they are required to build.

So what does Two Trees get out of the deal? Zoning changes that will allow the developer to build towers up to 55 stories tall, nearly double what current regulations allow. City Planning is expected to sign off on the agreement today, paving the way for the final approval from City Council. The Times reports that Two Trees will also be allowed to charge higher rents for some low-income units than they would have been allowed before. Additionally, the affordable units will be permanently affordable. Alicia Glen, the deputy mayor for housing and economic development, told the Times, "Buildings don't get shorter over time. Just like the buildings are permanently taller, the affordable units will be permanently affordable."

The de Blasio administration is touting the agreement as a victory (even though they originally wanted 550,000-square-feet), but the Journal points out that the deal is not 100 percent solidified. This new deal for affordable housing is binding—a stark contrast from the old deal with the site's former owner, CPC Resources, which was not binding—but local political leaders still want more. City councilman Antonio Reynoso told the Journal there's still "a lot of work to do" and voiced concerns over the size of the affordable units and the income levels required to qualify for the units.

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Domino Sugar redevelopment moves forward with City Planning Commission approval

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A key city panel unanimously approved plans for the $1.5 billion redevelopment of the old Domino Sugar refinery on the Brooklyn waterfront.

The City Planning Commission signed off on the proposal Wednesday after the de Blasio administration pressured the developers, Two Trees Management, to include more affordable housing units in the 2,300 apartment project.


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Old March 5th, 2014, 11:42 PM   #176
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I was preying to god that they didn't change the design. I love these sky bridges.
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Old March 6th, 2014, 10:34 AM   #177
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Bill de Blasio better not blow this up asking for too much. Though I love the way he keeps getting smacked down by Governor Cuomo! I love the varying designs.. if built they'll really soon be regarded as a definitive statement for the new Brooklyn, while the main converted factory provides a wonderful harkening to old Brooklyn.
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Old March 11th, 2014, 06:25 PM   #178
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Demo has definitely picked up a little speed as the weather improves.

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Old March 16th, 2014, 02:55 AM   #179
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Old March 21st, 2014, 05:22 PM   #180
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More demolition porn for those interested:

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