SELECTED PROJECT PORTFOLIO: environmental planning
DOMINO SUGAR TECHNICAL MEMORANDUM
Two Trees Management
PHA was retained by Two Trees Management to prepare a CEQR Technical Memorandum for the redevelopment of the Domino Sugar site in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The site is comprised of two parcels along Kent Avenue, just north of the Williamsburg Bridge. The 9.8-acre waterfront parcel is the location of the former Domino Sugar factory, which ceased operations in 2004, and the 1.3-acre upland parcel is currently vacant. The main factory building is a New York City landmark. The redevelopment of the site was previously evaluated in an EIS and two subsequent technical memoranda in 2010. The program analyzed in the EIS consisted of approximately 3.14 million gross square feet (gsf) of development, including approximately 2.4 million gsf of residential development, 146,000 gsf of community facility space, 226,000 gsf of commercial space, 1,694 off-street parking spaces, and four acres of publicly accessible open space.
Since completion of the 2010 EIS and technical memoranda, the site was acquired by Two Trees Management, who developed a new proposal for the site. Primary differences included an increase in the amount of office space and community facility square footage, and reductions in the residential floor area, other commercial uses, and parking. In addition, the height and massing of the proposed buildings were different from the previously approved massing, allowing for the development of an additional 1.98 acres of open space. The former main factory building will be expanded and redeveloped for office use.
To incorporate the proposed changes to the previously approved program, Two Trees requested several discretionary actions, including zoning text amendments, large scale general development special permits, and waterfront certifications and authorizations. The Technical Memorandum prepared by PHA provided a detailed description of the proposed modifications and detailed evaluation of the incremental changes generated by the new proposed development. Given the proposed modifications to the mix of uses and the massing, key technical areas included transportation and air quality.
PHA is also providing civil engineering services for the project, including design of on-site roadways and site drainage, as well as preparation of builders pavement plans and maintenance and protection of traffic (MPT) plans.
Renderings: SHoP Architects