Levin slams Domino Sugar proposal

From left: City Council member Steve Levin and the Domino Sugar factory site

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As expected, City Council member Steve Levin came out swinging at last night’s City Planning Commission hearing on the proposed $1.2 billion redevelopment of the Domino Sugar factory on the Williamsburg waterfront. Levin called for 40 percent of the project’s housing units to be slated for below-market-rate tenants and for the entire complex to be scaled down to 1,600 units from 2,200. The developer, Community Preservation Corporation Resources, said it needs at least 70 percent of the units to draw market-rate rents in order for the project to be financially viable. City Planning is expected to make a recommendation to the City Council early next month. The Domino Sugar proposal was overwhelmingly voted down by the local community board in March, but has received praise from both Mayor Bloomberg and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. [Post]

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