Yesterday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a revamped Beyer Blinder Belle design for the landmarked Domino Sugar plant in Williamsburg. The vote came after the commission sent the architects back to the drawing board with an earlier design. No such problems yesterday. The vote in favor was 7-1 with Commission Chair Robert Tierney calling the design "a brilliant, adaptive re-use plan with significant improvements from the other iterations we've seen." The one dissenting member called the design "genteel" and "too polite" for the building. (Brownstoner live blogged the hearing.) None of the renderings of the old refinery show the new buildings designed by Rafael Viñoly, some between 30-40 stories tall, that would surround it. Several historical significant structures, including the Adant House along Kent Avenue are still slated to be demolished. The entire project still needs to go through a full city land use review process and there is opposition in the community to the scale of the development.
· Domino Sugar is Gone, but Sign Will Live On After Ruling [NYT]
· Domino Sugar Redevelopment Moves Forward [Sun]
· Behold the New & Approved Old Domino Plan with Glass Box [Curbed]