NYC's Two Trees Management Company broke ground on the first residential building at the Williamsburg waterfront's Domino Sugar site this week. The 16-story structure, which is part of a $1.5 billion redevelopment plan to transform the old Domino Sugar Factory site into residential towers designed by SHoP Architects, will include 500 apartments, of which roughly 105 will be affordable housing. The larger project also calls for the addition of commercial and retail space to the area as well as a waterfront esplanade and more than 5 acres of new green space for residents to enjoy.
“We couldn’t be prouder that planning is turning into reality with this first building at the Domino site,” said Vishaan Chakrabarti, principal at SHoP Architects. “Clad in rich industrial materials including zinc and copper, with an innovative design that weaves the past with the future of the Williamsburg waterfront, this building is a testament to the local community, city officials, and our extraordinary client Two Trees, who never wavered from their commitment to design excellence.”
The building, which is located on the east side of Kent Avenue between South 3rd and South 4th streets, will feature ample terraces, a courtyard, several amenity spaces, and access to a new 5+ acre waterfront park designed by James Corner Field Operations. According to Two Trees, the building will offer 500 rental units, with about 105 units set aside as affordable housing. The affordable rate apartments are expected to have rents starting as low as $575 a month. Construction on the first building is expected to be complete in 2017. Work to begin rebuilding the site’s waterfront pier to prepare for construction of the public park has also commenced.
The Domino plan faced controversy over the past few years over the number of affordable housing units that would be available at the complex. Last March, Two Trees agreed to add an additional 110,000-square-feet of housing for low- and moderate-income families (about 40 more units than what Two Trees initially agreed on, and 260 more than the initial SHoP Architects design included) to the project.
“The Domino site has been stalled for years, so we are very proud to break ground here and quickly bring on line 105 affordable homes for the community. As with all of our projects, Two Trees is committed to Williamsburg for the long haul, and we’d like to thank the many local residents and stakeholders for their input and ideas since we acquired the property two years ago,” said Jed Walentas, principal at Two Trees Management.
Images © SHoP Architects