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The folks behind the video presenting an alternate plan for the Domino Sugar Factory site have launched a website that lays their idea out a little more clearly. The plan, as presented on dominosugar.org, is for the site to turn into a "global cultural center", regenerating the industrial site like the Tate Modern in London, which they say is "directly relevant and well documented." The website estimates that a cultural attraction at the Domino site would generate between $60-80 million a year, excluding monies generated in the surrounding area.

The people behind the website tell us that their plan isn't mutually exclusive of any other development plans for the site. They contend that the site is large enough to "maintain the historical nature of the original structures as well as develop commercial aspects to support the arts center, including affordable housing."

The current $1.3 billion plan from Community Preservation Corporation Resources (the developers for the site) calls for 2,200 housing units, 120,000 square feet of retail space, and 100,000 square feet of community space. About 1/3 of the apartments in the planned redevelopment is supposed to be affordable housing (530 rentals, 130 for sale).

Sepia photo of the Domino Sugar Factory by ryan muir on flickr