City Planning Commission Approves Domino Sugar Factory Redevelopment

By Radhika Marya on March 5, 2014 3:22pm 

 The Domino Sugar Factory lot in Williamsburg.
The Domino Sugar Factory lot in Williamsburg.
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WILLIAMSBURG — The City Planning Commission unanimously approved a proposal Wednesday for the redevelopment of the former Domino Sugar Factory, officials said.

The proposal would turn the former industrial complex into a mixed-use development with residential, commercial, incubator, tech and creative space.

Wednesday's vote came just two days after the city announced it had reached an agreement with development firm Two Trees Management to increase the amount of affordable housing available at the former factory site. The plan now includes 700 affordable units out of more than 2,200 apartments.

“We are extraordinarily proud that Mayor de Blasio, the Planning Commission, Borough President and Community Board have all approved our plan, which will bring permanent affordable housing, open space and jobs to the long dormant Domino site," said David Lombino, director of special projects at Two Trees Management. "Pending final review by the City Council, we plan on breaking ground later this year.”

"This is an impressive achievement," said City Planning Commission Chairman Carl Weisbrod in a statement. "What we are today approving sows the seeds for an economically healthy mixed-income, mixed-use neighborhood of the future."

The plan for redevelopment is due to go to the City Council for another vote by the beginning of May, city planning officials said. If all goes as planned, work on the first building is expected to begin in December.

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