Brooklyn Development Goes Hand in Hand with Community Space
Brooklyn’s Domino Sugar Factory is bound for redevelopment by SHoP Architects, but that’s not on the drawing boards until next year (check out plans here). In the interim, Two Trees Management Company has announced a fantastic plan to develop a parcel on the Domino site called Site E — a 55,000 sf vacant lot on Kent Avenue between South Third and South Fourth Street in Williamsburg.
They are allocating the space for community use, from green space run by North Brooklyn Farms for urban farming and programming to yoga classes and free rental bikes with courses for riders of all ages. The space will be open this May and close again once construction begins on the mixed-development: a type of pop-up community space. I like it.
One of the things I love most when visiting Williamsburg are the community spaces; from the park by the East River Ferry stop to the always bustling flea market, I love the vibrancy of the community and think that this will only add to it. And once the Domino development is complete, there will be a permanent a waterfront esplanade which will include kayak launches, a floating pool, sports fields, green space and public seating, which will hopefully continue to activate the space.