City Council okays plan for Domino site
by Andrew Shilling
Apr 30, 2014 | 281 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Following weeks of debate, the City Council came to an agreement allowing Two Trees Management to build as tall as 55 stories at the former Domino Sugar Factory site in Williamsburg in exchange for family-focused affordable housing units.

Following negotiations between developers and the de Blasio Administration, which began in early March, the new plan now allows the waterfront skyscrapers to tower 15 stories above any other structure on the Brooklyn waterfront.

“By working collaboratively with the administration, we were able to secure housing that has deeper affordability and will be more accessible to families,” Levin said.

The new agreement now guarantees units affordable to families of four making 70 percent of the area median income (AMI), or roughly $60,000 a year.

Assemblyman Joseph Lentol said he was pleased to learn of the efforts made by City Council in securing the proposal for larger affordable housing units.

“This has been a way for the developers to understand how to make a really good effort to reach out the community, and not only go to the elected officials and community board,” Lentol said. “I think Domino did that head and shoulders above the rest of the developers in the neighborhood.”

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