The New York City Planning Commission has approved the $1.5 billion redevelopment of the Domino Sugar plant in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. SHoP Architects developed the design for the East River site two years ago, but project approval hit a roadblock late last month after Mayor Bill de Blasio demanded more options for permanently affordable housing. Developer Jed Walentas of Two Trees Management balked at the idea, saying that the plan wasn’t feasible.
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The two parties, however, reached an agreement to bring the total of apartments for low- and moderate-income tenants to 700 out of more than 2,200 residential units. The additional 110,000 square feet allows more space for families. In exchange, Two Trees Management will be allowed to add more stories to the towers.
The deal represented the first test in real estate development for Mayor de Blasio, who has set a goal of building and preserving 200,000 affordable apartments over the next 10 years. “This agreement is a win for all sides, and it shows that we can ensure the public's needs are met while also being responsive to the private sector's objectives,” Alicia Glen, deputy mayor for housing and economic development, said in a statement.
In addition to the residential towers, the nearly 3 million-sq.-ft. Project calls for commercial, incubator, tech, and creative space. Work will begin in December.
Krista Ninivaggi, the director of interiors at SHoP Architects, is Contract’s 2014 Designer of the Year.