It’s a go. The 36-floor project, which will create 2,200 apartments (660 of which will actually be affordable), 143,000 sq. feet of community, office, and retail space, keep the iconic sign, and create some new waterfront space, will break ground in one year and take ten years to complete.
Here’s the good:
During last-minute negotiations, the developer agreed to reduce two planned 40-story towers to 36 floors. The lost space from those floors will be added to other buildings on the site. The corporation also agreed that construction, building service and eventual supermarket workers at the New Domino would be paid prevailing wages.
and from before, the bad:
Levin (D-Williamsburg) and his mentor, Brooklyn Democratic boss Vito Lopez (D-Bushwick), had railed against the project, leading rallies against it and charging that thousands of new residents would overwhelm the neighborhood, especially already-packed subways and buses.
The spin cycle is on full throttle…
Property owners: “This is a way of turning a dead industrial site into a vibrant, mixed-use and mixed-income community that can be a model for redevelopment
Developer VP: “We’re mostly happy that we can bring the residents of the area the affordable housing they so desperately need.”
Councilman Steve Levin: “I’m pleased to say that we have come to an agreement with the developer to continue to provide the 660 units of affordable housing while reducing the heights of the larger two towers, which would have blocked the waterfront.”
Councilwoman Diana Reyna: It’s “a true reflection of a collaborative process with the community.”
Councilman Charles Barron: “Some of these jobs never reach the `hood like they need to. I’m hoping that this process will be monitored very closely so that affordability is real and the jobs really come to our neighborhood and come to our people.”
Churches United for Fair Housing: “The true winners of this campaign are the families who will be receiving affordable housing.”
What do you guys think? Is this a good thing, with 660 new affordable-housing units, waterfront space, and well-paying jobs? Or, is it a bad thing, with a new thousand-strong batch of commuters and two 34-story towers shadowing over the neighborhood, blocking the view of the city?