City Councilman Steve Levin (D-Williamsburg) supposedly cut a deal with Domino developers that will have them lowering the proposed height of the two towers from 40 floors to 34, and still include 660 affordable-housing units. So, get ready for a few thousand new neighbors (could be a while though…)!
The concession did not at first appease Councilman Steve Levin (D–Williamsburg), who initially wanted the project cut by 600 units. Domino initially resisted, saying that each floor of luxury housing that is cut from the project — already expensive because much of the former sugar is a city landmark — would cost the developer $5 million.
But a last-minute plea from Mayor Bloomberg, convinced Levin to soften his stance. And Domino caved after a late petition drive by industrial landowners near the project site triggered a requirement that the Council pass the project by a supermajority instead of a simple majority. A source said that Domino supporters were worried that they might not have enough votes under the new circumstances.