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New Domino on a roll

The Rafael Viñoly-designed New Domino, on the Brooklyn waterfront, won key approval, with some modifications o the plan, by the New York City Planning Commission on Monday.

The commission voted 13-1 to approve the plan with a 50-foot reduction in the height of the northernmost building on the site, overlooking Grand Ferry Park, to reduce casting shadows over the park.

The next step is for the City Council to grant its OK. It now goes to the City Council later this summer for final approval. The estimated $1.5 billion mixed-use project developed by CPC Resources, a subsidiary of the nonprofit Community Preservation Corporation, and the Kandan Group seeks to create 2,000 housing units, of which 660 would be affordable. The project also features four acres of public parkland and a riverfront esplanade along the East River and 200,000 sq. ft. of retail space on the 11.2-acre site. The historic, 100-year-old sugar refinery building, with its iconic Domino sign, would be preserved. The project would be built over a 10-year period.

Viñoly was commissioned in 2005 to design the master plan for the 260,000 sq. m. mixed-use complex on the site of the former Domino Sugar Refinery complex and processing facilities, which is an unused industrial site just north of the Williamsburg Bridge that separates Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighbourhood from the East River. Beyer Blinder Belle developed the architectural plan for the refinery complex and Quennell Rothschild & Partners developed the landscape architecture plan.

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