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LPC okays new plan for Williamsburg’s Domino refinery building

The Landmarks Preservation Commission yesterday (Tuesday) approved Two Trees Management’s revised design for the landmarked Domino Sugar Refinery building.

David Lombino, managing director Two Trees Management Co., said, “The new plan is better for everyone. It honors and highlights the landmark; it provides a flexible, modern and totally unique office experience; and it welcomes the public to enjoy this great piece of New York’s history.”

Vishaan Chakrabarti’s Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU) prepared the revised plan that makes the Refinery building the centerpiece of the redevelopment.

The 400,000 s/f space will be restructured to provides greater public access and modern work space. An open-air courtyard has been added enabling an east-west public axis from Kent Street under the smokestack and onto a new waterfront plaza.

The ground floor will be infused with halls, shops, eateries and services such as restrooms.

After acquiring the Domino property in 2012, Two Trees spent 18 months earning approval for a SHoP Architects’ master plan that included 325 Kent, a 522-unit apartment building; 260 Kent, a mixed-use building designed by COOKFOX; and Domino Park, a six-acre waterfront public space on track to open next spring.

“Thank you to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for engaging in a productive and thoughtful review and for supporting this exciting new approach to making the Refinery building the centerpiece of the Domino redevelopment,” said Lombino.

Chakrabarti added, “By designing a building within a building that allows light and air to circulate around the historic structure, we hope to help usher the Domino Sugar Refinery into the ongoing renaissance of Brooklyn’s working waterfront.”

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