The Domino Sugar factory has been lying idly all summer on the Williamsburg waterfront, but its condominium future as high-rise apartments is now officially upon us, as part of the complex has been approved for demolition by the Department of Buildings. A rear building at 2 Grand Street was approved on July 29 and multiple attached buildings at 314 Kent Ave were approved a few days ago, on August 20.
According to Dave Lombino, Director of Special Projects at Two Trees, the approvals are the first of many that will be necessary before the company can actually begin demolition, which he projects will take place sometime next month.
Of course, we’re supposed to look the other way since they gave us Havemeyer Park, an acre plot of land where man-children can ride dirt bikes. (Incidentally, Two Trees is not committed to letting the community keep Havemeyer Park and has plans to build
segregated affordable housing on the plot.) The producers of the documentary The Domino Effect are accusing Two Trees of beginning demolition without obtaining the mandatory community approval:
Throughout the spring and first half of the summer, it was assumed that Two Trees would begin the Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP) for their new version of the Domino project at some point in the month of August. This would allow the approval process to be completed by the end of the year before a new Mayoral administration, City Council Speaker, and City Planning Commission shakes up the power structure of city government.
But as of August 3rd, no new ULURP application for Domino is yet posted on the Department of City Planning Website, despite persistent rumors of an August 20th ULURP kickoff. (http://brooklyn.news12.com/domino-sugar-factory-in-williamsburg-being-redeveloped-1.5606633).
The August 20th date for a Domino hearing was previously listed on the meetings calendar of Brooklyn Community Board but has since been taken down. Despite the apparent delay of the ULURP, on July 29th Two Trees filed a demolition permit with the Department of Buildings to begin tearing down parts of the complex (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/JobsQueryByNumberServlet?requestid=2&passjobnumber=320828743&passdocnumber=01)
In other demolition news, if you missed the Greenpoint Landing community meeting, Heidi Gelover put together this great video covering some of the highlights:
I’m posting this video for those people who could not make it to the Community Board 1 Meeting on August 13th. For more information about the meeting please go to GWAPP & NAG: Greenpoint Landing ULURP Testimony- gwapp.org/2013/08/gwapp-nag-greenpoint-landing-ulurp-testimony/ on their website for a full recap of the meeting which should be up there soon…
There is another meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Aug 20 at 6:30pm
@ Automotive High School, 50 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn
Please go to that meeting if you can make it to show your support and to get more informed about the project– plus meet other community members!!
I will eventually be making a short film about this subject- to come – I just wanted to get the meeting out there so people can be informed for now, so here it is
Update: Two Trees has informed us that affordable housing will be integrated into all of the residential buildings and that (somehow) ULURP is only needed to build, not for demolition.