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We’ve been following the Instagram account of Dominosugarfactory, an “eternal time lapse” of the iconic Williamsburg building, now part of the massive Two Trees redevelopment project. Later additions to the 1880s factory, technically three buildings located at 292-314 Kent Avenue, have been stripped away, and it will become office space.

So far, there are 196 photos here, some taken by day, some by night — all from the exact same location. The photos go back to January 2013 and show the complex as it looked before demolition started in October 2013, through demolition, and today.

Domino Sugar Factory Eternal Time Lapse [Dominosugarfactory]
Domino Coverage [Brownstoner]
First rendering by SHoP; second rendering by Beyer Blinder Belle

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The beginnings of a pit have appeared at Domino Site E at 325 Kent Avenue since we last visited a month ago. Also new is a retaining wall on the east side of the site, not far from the adjacent construction site for 6 Wythe Lane townhouses.

The project broke ground in March. When we visited in late April, the site had been cleared. At left above, the ground is flat; at far right, digging of a pit has started.

When it’s finished in 2017, the 16-story building will have 500 rentals, including 105 affordable apartments. Designed by SHoP, the building will be clad in zinc and copper, with terraces and ground-floor retail. It also goes by the address 317 Kent Avenue.

Click through for lots more photos and three renderings, including a previously unpublished one that is posted on the fence.

Renderings by SHoP Architects


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.

Domino Coverage [Brownstoner]


Two Trees commissioned three new works of public art in Dumbo, one of which is Tom Fruin’s multicolored stained glass house, as well as a new mural at the Domino Sugar development site, according to the developer’s PR reps. Fruin assembled his brightly colored “Kolonihavehus” near Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park to coincide with the Dumbo Arts Fest last month, and it will remain on display until the spring. Two other pieces installed at the same time will remain through next year too: Joan Pamboukes’ landscape of images from Grand Theft Auto, titled “Where the River Meets the Sky,” and Erin Hudak’s “SEE THRU,” underneath the Manhattan Bridge. Click through to see the other three.

Photos via Two Trees


Last week, Two Trees filed a second round of building permits for its megadevelopment at the Domino Sugar Refinery. The building at 320 Kent Avenue will rise 36 stories and stand 401 feet tall — even larger than the first 35-story tower planned at 2 Grand Street.

The 470,106-square-foot complex will encompass 392 units split among 428,801 square feet. The first three floors will house 41,801 square feet of commercial space, which includes retail on the ground floor and office space on the second and third floors, according to Schedule A filings.

Ismael Levya is the architect of record, but SHoP Architects is designing the project. Although we’re not sure how many affordable apartments will be in this building, the city pushed Two Trees to build 700 affordable units out of 2,300 total planned for the development.

According to NY YIMBY, whose story we did not see until after this was written, 320 Kent Avenue is Building D. The above photo shows site C next to the landmarked refinery building and site E in front of it, now a temporary park. Click through to the jump to see a rendering of the building.

Update: A rep from Two Trees tells us that the permits don’t indicate the order of actual groundbreaking and construction, and are for infrastructure work like water, sewer, and utility connections on all the waterfront sites.


The City Planning Commission is expected to certify Two Trees’ plans for the Domino Sugar refinery this afternoon, Crain’s reports. Developer Jed Walentas of Two Trees scrapped the ULURP-approved plans for the site, which were originally drawn up by previous developer CPC Resources. The new SHoP-designed proposal promises an overhaul of the landmarked Domino building and four new buildings with 2,300,000 square feet of residential space, 500,000 square feet of offices and 70,000 square feet of retail. Once City Planning certifies the plan, it will still have to undergo a new ULURP process with several levels of public review. Demolition started on some of the smaller buildings in the complex earlier this month, and Two Trees told Crain’s they hope to break ground on the development in late 2014.

Starting Gun Looms for Domino Sugar [Crain’s]