With all the requisite permits and approvals obtained from the City, Two Trees Management is just months from beginning construction on the Domino redevelopment project along Kent Avenue.
And as it promised community leaders and residents alike about keeping the neighborhood abreast about the latest goings on with the project, Two Trees last week commenced a series of meetings to update residents as construction begins on the site.
A meeting last week, organized in partnership with the Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG), was followed Monday night with a meeting organized by the real estate organization in partnership with Southside United HDFC – Los Sures and Churches United For Fair Housing (CUFFH) at the Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church on Marcy Avenue, targeted primarily towards Southside residents.
The top priority for representatives from both Los Sures and CUFFH was to inform the more than a hundred-strong crowd to prepare ahead of time to apply for the affordable housing availabilities at the new Domino development.
In coming to an agreement with the Bill de Blasio administration, Two Trees Management had agreed to increase the number of affordable units in the entire project from 600 to 700. In addition, half of the affordable units are reserved for those in need in the neighboring areas around the project, making Southside residents the prime candidates.
“Education is power,” said Ramon Paguero, Director of Los Sures. “We have learnt from our mistakes, and it is time for us to be ahead of the game this time around. This is a process to ensure that the people who already live in this community will continue to live here – five, ten, fifteen years and more in the future.”
Representatives from Los Sures and CUFFH both praised the developers for keeping their word, accepting feedback from the community, and ensuring continued communication with community members.
Jed Walentas, the principal at Two Trees Management, said construction on Site E, which is the only building slightly away from the East River, and the closest to the Williamsburg Bridge, is expected to begin construction in early January.
He added that applications for affordable housing for the building would begin toward the end of 2016, and the building itself is expected to be ready for occupancy in early 2017.
Simultaneous to the construction on Site E, the group will also begin working on its urban landscape initiatives with the construction of the waterfront park, which will be proceeded by a yearlong process of fortifying the waterfront against hurricanes.
Site E will have a total of 105 units of affordable housing, and construction on the remaining sites of the Domino project is expected only after the first building is complete.
The meetings over the last week mark the beginning of what will now be regular update meetings held once every three to four months as construction moves ahead full swing.