Domino Development to Include Office Space

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Two Trees Management has a new vision for the former Domino Sugar Plant. While all of the previous plans have been purely residential, as has nearly all of the development in Williamsburg over the last decade, Two Trees now wants to include a significant office space component. The company is proposing space for up to 4,000 workers according to the The Wall Street Journal. This comes at a time when small businesses have been complaining about the lack of office space in the neighborhood. Jed Walentas, founder of Two Trees, is critical of the purely residential development that has dominated in Williamsburg and Long Island City. He told the Journal, “they don’t make great urban places, they don’t integrate into the neighborhoods. What we’re trying really, really hard to do here is to mix in enough commercial office space to give this neighborhood and this community a sense of that feeling of vitality.” Any change to the existing residential plan would require approval from City Council and city agencies. Councilman Stephen Levin is supportive of the idea.

Back to Work At Domino Factory [WSJ]
Brooklyn’s Office Space Crunch [Brownstoner]

3 Comment

  • It’s not correct that all previous plans for the site have been purely residential. The northernmost building was proposed to include commercial office space (around 100k sf) and community facility. You can see this in the EIS.

  • WB office space, of which there is very little, is the most expensive in Brooklyn. Badly needed, both for job growth and to support retail in the area and to allow tenants to walk to work, more space is a necessity.

    DUMBO wouldn’t be what it is without the 6000 office workers.