NEW YORK CITY-The New York City PlanningCommission is expected to officially begin the approvalprocess for the redevelopment of the former DominoSugar refinery in the Williamsburg section of Brooklynnext week.

The $1.5-billion mixed-use plan by Two TreesManagement at the outset has not sparked as much criticismas an earlier proposal that had opponents protest against theproject at City Hall, according to the New York Times.

“The fact of the matter is, this neighborhood's changed so muchin the last 10 years, and I don't necessarily see it stopping,”says Matthew Viragh, the owner of NitehawkCinema, an independent movie theater a few blocks from thefactory that shut down in 2004. “If Two Trees doesn't develop this,somebody else will, is sort of my mentality, unfortunately.”'

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John Jordan

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