The transformation of the historic Domino Sugar Refinery into modern offices seems to finally be in motion.
Less than a year after the opening of its titular park, the second building on the Domino mega-project site developing along the Williamsburg waterfront is quickly rising.
Installation of the exterior facade continues at the first new building under construction at Two Trees' Domino Sugar development in Williamsburg.
A lottery opened Monday for affordable units in the long-in-the-works Domino Sugar Factory mega-project that will transform the north Brooklyn waterfront when it is complete.
The first new tower under construction at the former Domino Sugar factory site is rising at 325 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg. Developed by Two Trees Management and designed by SHoP Architects, the mega-development is one of the most unusual projects under construction in Brooklyn.
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Two Trees has put up construction walls and started excavating Domino Sugar Site E, a former vacant lot the developer turned into a temporary community space, park and garden called Havermeyer Park. The inland site sits across the street from the main factory on Kent Avenue, between South 3rd and South 4th streets.
Two Trees broke ground there earlier this month, kicking off construction of the first building in its huge redevelopment of Domino. As reported, the building at 317 Kent Avenue will be a SHoP-designed, 16-story tower with 522 rentals, including 105 affordable units. Construction is expected to finish in 2017. The developer has also promised to rebuild the park next door to Domino and open it this summer. Yay!
Meanwhile, across the street, workers have finished carting away the remains of the demolished buildings on either side of the landmarked Domino factory. The abandoned cranes have also been pulled away from the water’s edge, and they’ll eventually be incorporated into a five-acre waterfront park with a High Line-style “artifact walk.” Click through to see what’s behind the fence at the main Domino site.
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Developer Two Trees has filed building applications for the northernmost site in the Domino Sugar Factory development, 262 Kent Avenue, as New York YIMBY first reported. The 281,869-square-foot structure will rise on Site A, between South 1st and Grand streets. In the rendering, that’s the building on the far left. It will have 30 stories and 93 apartments, with nearly equal amounts of residential and commercial space.
Williamsburg art collective El Puente Muralistas are exploring the neighborhood’s culture, religion and links to the Caribbean sugar trade in a new mural painted on the Domino Sugar Factory’s northern construction wall. Local residents, teens and elected officials joined the artists in starting the mural, “Past Present Prediction,” Friday afternoon.
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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Rendering by SHoP Architects