This is rendering of the revised plan for the old Domino Sugar Plant in Williamsburg that was approved a little more than an hour ago by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. An earlier version was turned down. The design from Beyer Blinder Belle has some changes: the five-story glass addition to the 1884 building has been cut to four stories and been redesigned. The mechanical elements on top have been removed. The old Domino sign, which is currently on an adjacent building would be moved to the top of the landmarked structure. There are also balcony-type structures that have been added to the south side of the building. The other headline to come out of the meeting is that the developers expect to break ground in Fall 2009 on the massive project. The $1.3 billion project would ultimately have 2,200 units of housing. Brownstoner was on hand to live blog the LPC meeting and also has a set of photos and renderings from the session.
[Image on left, courtesy of Brownstoner]
Meanwhile the developer has sent out a press release about the approval, quoting Michael Lappin, President and CEO of CPC Resources saying, "The new design is distinctive, contextual and responsive. It has an industrial feel, creatively reflecting the building’s history and character. The design is also lower in height--a split level three and four stories instead of five--with formerly protruding bulkheads now mainly contained within the structure, significantly concealed from view. The chutes that connected the Refinery to other structures are also recalled. Last, but certainly not least, we are also saving and restoring the iconic Domino Sugar sign, placing it on the Refinery rooftop where it will remain for all to see...The new design incorporates many of the suggestions of Landmarks commissioners, and we believe it reflects the highest quality of thoughtful, creative restoration as interpreted by our preservation architects, Beyer Blinder Belle. The reduction in size translates into a loss of more than 20,000 square feet of residential space or over 20 apartments. This presents an economic challenge that we must meet to fulfill our firm commitment to develop 660 affordable housing units.”
· Inside the LPC Meeting: New Domino Plan Approved [Brownstoner]
· New Domino: The Renderings [Brownstoner]