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!!
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?
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The entire creative class is under attack alongside those who have lived here for generations from developers who are destroying the communities of Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick. Get involved, fight back, and share your voice. On Wednesday, September 25th, local legends of comedy, music, and the underworld take to the stage to bring the culture and diversity of this great community to you.
Starting at 8pm, join New York Comedian and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon regular Seth Herzog, along with Comedy Central’s Joe DeRosa and Nick Stevens.
Music guest for the evening will be the talented multi-instrumentalist Aku and his band Dragons of Zynth. Closing the evening will be internationally renowned DJ legend Stretch Armstrong followed by the OG flavors of DJ LEE MARS.
Save Domino was a project started in the interest of the Williamsburg community by a small group of individuals dedicated to preserving the unique culture with which our neighborhood has come to be associated. Though our team is small, our bills are running higher and higher each month as our fight to save the Brooklyn waterfront progresses. If our cause is something that resonates with you, please consider a small donation to keep us afloat. We have made great strides in the past couple of weeks, and we intend to keep on the path as long as we are able!
Thanks so much!
- the Save Domino team
An article published today by Crain’s NY highlights the pressure being felt by developers to “seal the deal with City Planning” before new city officials take office next year. As the Bloomberg era comes to a close, developers are scrambling to get necessary permits filed and approved so that they can begin construction. Two Trees Management, currently pursuing demolition and redevelopment of the Domino Sugar site, is mentioned at length:
Among the independent projects before the department, one of the biggest is Two Trees Management’s plan for the 11-acre Domino Sugar site in Williamsburg, which was already rezoned once, in 2010. The developer has decided to take the old plan, rows of 30- and 40-story towers, and replace it with a wild design of geometric buildings reaching as high as 60 stories, but that would allow more open space and light into the parcel.
The scheme deviates considerably from what Ms. Burden spent years crafting up and down the East River waterfront, and Two Trees is struggling to bring her around to its proposal, according to sources. Two Trees had hoped its 2,200 apartments on the site would have been certified by June—the first step in the six-month review process. Now, with negotiations ongoing, the developer hopes for a September certification. That would still leave enough time for Ms. Burden and the planning commission to approve the project, but it would fall to local Councilman Stephen Levin to shepherd Domino through the City Council next year.
“It’s a big gamble, but what other choice is there?” said a source with knowledge of the project.
In other words, the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t.
Without Amanda Burden’s approval, the Two Trees plan will not be able to move forward until the 2014 administration sets an agenda and selects a Director of City Planning, a process that could take up to a year. As new faces enter city politics, we need to make sure they know that our community opposes the Two Trees plan. Signing the petition is a great way to start, and we’ll be offering more ways to get involved soon. In the meantime, architects are finalizing the Save Domino alternate plan, and we look forward to showing how our plan GIVES BACK to the community.