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The Domino Sugar Refinery in Brooklyn, NY
is scheduled for demolition to make room for
an additional 2,200 luxury apartments.

A better plan exists,
and it starts with you.

The Domino Sugar Refinery in Brooklyn, NY is scheduled for demolition to make room for an additional 2,200 luxury apartments.

A better plan exists,
and it starts with you.

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There is hope! February 28th, 2014 @ 10:16am EDT

An article in the New York Times yesterday sheds new light on the status of the Domino project. Great to see de Blasio fighting for the good of the community!

ULURP tomorrow! December 10th, 2013 @ 4:32pm EDT

The most important ULURP meeting is tomorrow in the Community Room, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201, commencing at 6:00 P.M.

The audience will be given time to speak, and the topics covered will be:

1) For the grant of special permits pursuant to the Zoning Resolution:

a. To allow residential and non-residential uses to be arranged within a building without regard for floor location within buildings.

b. To allow the distribution of total allowable floor area and lot coverage without regard for zoning lot lines.

c. To modify: the yard requirements for rear and waterfront yards, permitted obstructions in required yards or rear yard equivalents’, and setback requirements.

d. To allow the distribution of required or permitted accessory off-street parking spaces without regard for zoning lot lines.

e. To waive the requirements for a loading berth for retail or service uses.

2) For amendment of the Zoning Resolution:

a. To modify the Inclusionary Housing Program requirements to exempt non residential floor area above the ground floor from the requirement to be consistent with maximum permitted floor area as properties developed exclusively non-residential and to modify as it pertains to maximum income levels to qualify as affordable housing.

b. To waive or reduce loading berth requirements. To facilitate a mixed-use development including: approximately 2,300 residential units (including 660 units meeting the zoning requirements for affordable housing); approximately 504,000 sf of commercial office space; approximately 72,000 sf of retail space; approximately 42,000 sf for a health club; approximately 151,000 sf of community facility spaces (including a space for a 375-seat school, approximately 36,000 sf not-for profit/art studio space and approximately 45,000 sf for a not-for-profit sports and fitness center); approximately 1,050 parking spaces; and, approximately 6.85 acres of total public open space (including 3.76 acres of waterfront public access area and an approximately one acre known as Domino Square). The development would include three new waterfront towers at heights of 435 ft, 530 ft, and 535 ft, an inland building of 170 ft, and the rehabilitation of the former Domino Refinery building, including a rooftop addition of four floors (bringing the building to approximately 190 ft).

Land Use Committee Report December 10th, 2013 @ 4:17pm EDT
Another ULURP tonight! November 25th, 2013 @ 12:02pm EDT
Alternate Plan

The next ULURP for Domino is TONIGHT at the McCarren Park Recreation Center at 6:30PM. The address is 776 Lorimer St., Brooklyn, NY, 11222 (between Driggs and Bayard)

Come out and show support for the alternate plan (pictured above).

See you there!!

The Domino ULURP is tonight! November 13th, 2013 @ 2:30pm EDT
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LIVE THE DREAM.  

The Domino ULURP is tonight at 6pm at 211 Ainslie St., Brooklyn, 11211, at the corner of Manhattan Ave. Here are some helpful suggestions for questions to ask the developer to contrast “Promises” and PR with reality.

MICROUNIT QUESTION: Is this a plan for tech workers to live in closets in the sky? How can you fit more units in less square footage unless they are tiny studios? Is Two Trees’ Domino nothing more than a proxy for Bloomberg’s pilot program to ultimately overturn a requirement established in 1987 that new apartments be at least 400 SQF reducing the units down to 300 SQF?

OPEN SPACE QUESTION:  Since when is a private drive considered green space?

AFFORDABLE HOUSING QUESTION:  Today is Wednesday, November 13, 2013, can you honestly assess where are your AMI levels are today, what will average square footage of the units be and the location of these units be in relation to your plan?   Note: “660 units” does not count as an answer

LEGAL QUESTION:  Are you asking for a waiver on the inclusionary housing law, which will have an adverse affect on the size of the units?

LEGAL QUESTION:  Why was no S.E.I.S (Supplemental Environmental Impact Study) executed for this project when it is vastly different than the 2010 CPCR proposal?  For example, reducing the % of affordable units in favor of quadruple the amount of commercial space?

TRANSPARENCY QUESTION:  Please explain to the community why we should vote on something whereas we don’t know fully what we are getting.  Give us the numbers.  Note: Bill de Blasio speaks of more transparency and accountability.  Where are the numbers on affordable units?  We want specifics.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING QUESTION:  Are you familiar with 15 Dunham Place down the street from Domino.  Please tell us if you support their levels of affordability and how is yours different?

AMENITY QUESTION:  Will the proposed YMCA charge $160.00 per month or will it be free for all tenants of Domino. If it’s an amenity, then it should be free.

AMENITY QUESTION:  Are the amenities going to be available for everyone?

COMMON SENSE QUESTION: Going on the record, Jed Walentas says he will build the Vinoly Plan (CPCR) if the proposed plan is not approved or the community continually objects to it.  That said, it begs to ask, are you really building in the best interests of our community if you using blackmail to force a choice between two horrible plans?

OPEN SPACE QUESTION:  East River State Park cashes in on private and some public events with  flea markets and “tastings”.   “Promised” open space for our community is reduced by this private programming. Why then is Two Trees promoting “Refinery Plaza” with more of the same events, banquets, markets, and cocktail parties, again reducing the amount of open space for the community?