Oooh, Domino! Development at former sugar factory site welcomes first residents

Oooh, Domino! Development at former sugar factory site welcomes first residents
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They’re living the sweet life!

Residents are moving in to the mega-development on the site of Williamsburg’s old Domino Sugar factory after the first of its several apartment complexes opened its doors last month.

Tenants are settling in to 87 of the 522 units inside the doughnut-shaped structure at 325 Kent Avenue — which is still under construction, but the Department of Buildings has permitted initial occupants while work is underway.

The 16-story building at the foot of South Fourth Street houses apartments that include a $2,452 per month studio, a $3,387 per month one-bedroom, and a $5,496 per month two-bedroom. It also holds 104 below-market-rate units — which include a $569 per month studio and a $979 per month two-bedroom — that were distributed through the city’s housing lottery, which received 87,000 applications.

Amenities on the premises include an elevated courtyard, a roof deck, a health club, a lounge, and a chef’s kitchen for catering. And an outpost of Clinton Hill bar-store-restaurant Mekelburg’s, which is known for its craft beers and artisinal sandwiches, will set up shop on the ground floor.

Luxury living: A peek inside one of the building’s 522 apartments.
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Construction on the rest of the building is expected to finish within the year — and it can’t be completed soon enough, according to a spokeswoman who said people are itching to check out the digs.

“They’ve started to have open houses on Saturdays and Sundays because so many people want to come by and see the units,” said Nicole Kolinsky.

Three more residential buildings are slated to open across the waterfront development, with a total of 2,800 rental apartments. The sprawling lot will also include retail and office space, and a park.

Crews are also working to rehabilitate the iconic Domino Sugar sign, which was removed from the site in 2014 ahead of construction but will eventually be placed atop the landmarked refinery building, Kolinsky said.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Sweet return: The Domino Sugar sign, which was removed from the factory ahead of construction on the mega-development there, will return to sit atop the landmarked refinery after crews rehabilitate it.
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