Exploring Staten Island’s Transformation

Exploring Staten Island’s Transformation

As the prices continue to rise in Brooklyn and Queens, a growing number of developers have been looking for opportunities in Staten Island. As such, a number of new developments and attractions are coming to the borough. While the North Shore will undergo some massive transformations, other parts of the borough will also see some major changes in the coming years. Here is a look at just a few of the projects that will be transforming Staten Island.

Empire Outlets

Bringing 100 stores, restaurants and a 190-room hotel to Staten Island’s North Shore, Empire Outlets will be located right next to the New York Wheel. Once completed, the outlet mall will also boast a 12,000-square-foot food court with 3,000-square-feet of space. The project is expected to be complete next year.

Freshkills Park

The Freshkills Park development is part of an initiative to transform the world’s largest landfill into a 2,200-acre park. The transformation will take place in multiple phases up until the late 2030s. Several of the sections, which include a ball field, a playground and an extensive bicycle track, have already opened. Once complete, the park will be nearly three times the size of Central Park and will feature five distinct sections.

Lighthouse Point

With construction officially underway last year, Lighthouse Point will bring a 116-unit apartment building, an office building and a Westin hotel to the site that once served as the location of the U.S. Lighthouse Service Depot in St. George.

Minthorne Street Makeover

A warehouse on Minthorne Street in Tompkinville will soon be converted to a barbecue restaurant. As part of the conversion, space will also be created for more shops to open in the building. The developer has also expressed plans to fix up the Victory Boulevard and Bay Street side of the property in an effort to transform the area into “Staten Island’s newest hot spot.”

New York Wheel

With plans to be one of the tallest observation wheels in the world when it debuts in 2018, the 630-foot New York Wheel will be able to hold 1,440 people at a time. With the project started in earnest last year, the $600 million project is currently rising next to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. The site will also feature a 10,000-square-foot playground, a five-acre green roof and an outdoor beer garden.

Seaview Hospital

The city announced plans last year to transform the neglected Seaview Hospital campus into a mixed-use, health-focused development. Plans for the site include adding housing, community farms, farm-to-table restaurants and landscaped areas that promote physical activity.

Staten Island Urby

The mini-neighborhood of Staten Island Urby will boast a number of amenities, including a coffee shop, a restaurant, a 5,000-foot-urban farm and a swimming pool. In the second phase, the project will bring an additional 330 apartments to the North Shore.

108-110 Port Richmond Avenue

The existing two-story structure located at 108-110 Port Richmond Avenue will soon make way for a 77-unit, eight-story supportive housing project. The project is being spearheaded by Saint Joseph’s Medical Structure, which wants to build a project to house 50 apartments for those who are recovering from mental illness as well as 27 affordable apartments. The units will come in studios through two-bedrooms.