Atlantic Yards and Willets Point aren't the only megaprojects trying to get a jump on the next decade. Also still kicking is New Domino, the massive redevelopment of Kent Avenue's old Domino Sugar Factory along the Williamsburg waterfront. The $1.5 billion project has made its way over a big hurdle: the developer's proposal has been certified by the City Planning Commission, so the project is now in the public land-use approval phase of the process. What's to approve? A 2,200-apartment complex in glass and brick -- 30 percent of which would be affordable housing -- and a waterfront esplanade, designed by Rafael Vinoly and Beyer Blinder Belle. (Check out a few new renderings above, from the project's environmental impact statement.) The 1884 refinery building would be preserved and get a four-story glass addition, while other historic buildings on the property wouldn't be so lucky. A few itty bitty concerns remain.
Community members have already accused the project of being too dense, for one. The developer's documents on file with the city do include an alternative plan with a density more in line with the rest of the Williamsburg waterfront. (Check out the draft EIS for all the fun.) Plus, and more troubling, New Domino's Plan A was to use the condo sales to finance the construction of the affordable units, but the project has yet to face down the financing bogeyman. We'll be watching this one with interest.
· Big Plans for Old Sugar Refinery Face Review [NYT]
· Starting in the New Year: Domino Sugar Fight [NYO]
· Domino coverage [Curbed]