These developments are the project of years of planning, and they’re beginning to rise from the ground.Oftentimes, it only takes one breathtaking development to set the wheels in motion to revitalize an entire area. So what do you think happens when four spectacular projects are being developed in the same area at the same time? That’s what’s happening on Staten Island’s North Shore, and these four developments are going to transform the whole area.
As Staten Island Live shares, these developments are the project of years of planning, and they’re beginning to rise from the ground. The projects have been dubbed the “core four,” and the expectation is that they will help further transform the region into one that’s absolutely buzzing with activity.
"Slowly, it's happening," said Borough President James Oddo. "And when it does, we will have reclaimed part of our waterfront while creating momentum and a climate for further investment in our borough all along the Richmond Terrace corridor and other appropriate parts of our waterfront."
Empire Outlets will go a long way to making that happen. The massive outlet mall broke ground last year, and it’s already close to 70 percent leased. Anchored by Nordstrom Rack, this project is adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.
"This progress is an exciting step forward for the Empire Outlets team and all our 'Destination St. George' partners, as we continue working together to transform the North Shore into a thriving center for economic growth that will benefit shoppers, Staten Islanders, commuters and our entire city," said Joseph Ferrara, principal of BFC Partners, Empire Outlet's developer.
Construction also began last year on a $200 million, mixed-use project on the St. George waterfront from Triangle Equities that’s known as Lighthouse Point. Plans call for more than 23,000 square feet of hospitality, restaurant, and office space, as well as a sprawling 175-room hotel tower.
"We have been working on the design of phase II,” notes Elysa Goldman, director of development of Triangle Equities. “We have been working on designing the hotel, and one of the historic buildings that are attached to the hotel and acts as one of the hotel's lobbies."
A big part of drawing a crowd these days comes from offering a memorable experience, and this one surely fits the bill. The NY Wheel is a 630-foot high observation wheel in St. George that includes an outdoor beer garden and the green roof.
"The Wheel will be an attraction unlike any other in New York City, and it promises to give visitors to Staten Island unique views of New York Harbor and the Manhattan skyline available," Oddo said. Finally, Hoboken, N.J.-based Ironstate Development is working on a development known as Urby, which will include 900 residential units upon completion. This isn’t your average apartment complex, as residents will enjoy amenities such as specially curated social spaces, and a communal kitchen staffed with a chef to assist residents in their quest for dining perfection.
That’s an amazing amount of activity for one area, and you can bet tourists and locals alike will be flocking to the North Shore for many years to come.
22 JUNE 2017, USA