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

Luxury living: A peek inside one of the building’s 522 apartments.
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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.

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 or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 5:56 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Not Good from Williamsburg says:
Not enough schools and parks for all these people.
Aug. 25, 2017, 8 am
not enough roads... from Town says:
Development without infrastructure demonstrates how our system of government is flawed.

Maximize the tax base with the minimal infrastructure to support it - that's how Uncle Sam rolls!

And they give us bike paths, big whoop.

Your vote is a surrendering of your control to politicians that pretend to care about you, while using your vote to care for themselves.

Power to the People!
Aug. 25, 2017, 10:29 am
Mustafa Khant from Atlantic Ave says:
Tear this down! Sugar plantations employed slaves. This is a monument to slavery.
Aug. 26, 2017, 11:11 am
CQ from Brooklyn says:
MK from AA, And what of the pyramids of Giza?
Aug. 27, 2017, 9:37 am
Cory Hannigan from Bushwick says:
Hold up - Dominos made sugar ?!? When did they start making pizza ?? Why aren't they making sugar pizza ?!
Aug. 27, 2017, 4:22 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I just hope that the portion for the top center is structurally sound so that those living in those apartments don't fall through the gap in the middle of that building.
Aug. 30, 2017, 3:49 pm

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