Urby Staten Island
Reinvigorating the fifth borough by
reconnecting a community to its waterfront
Staten Island’s Stapleton area has loads of potential — a breathtaking and historic waterfront immediately adjacent to the Staten Island Railroad Station and a 4-minute subway ride to the Staten Island Ferry. Despite these advantages, the Stapleton Homeport has gone undeveloped since the Navy decommissioned the naval base in 1995, cutting off the community from all waterfront views and access. Compounding the problem, young people have continued to leave Staten Island in droves, creating challenges for job creation and for the economy as a whole.
Things are changing, though. As part of the New Stapleton Waterfront Development Plan, we are working with the City and Borough President James Oddo to transform the area into a vibrant, mixed-use community that will once again connect residents and visitors to the waterfront. Hundreds of thousands of square feet will be dedicated to residential and retail purposes, intertwined with open spaces and pathways designed to encourage pedestrian activity and public gatherings.
Urby Staten Island will feature 900 LEED-certified residential units, 35,000 square feet of ground floor retail, 600 parking spaces and a public plaza. The first phase, 571 residences, launched in February, 2016. In addition, the city of New York is investing $32 million into the public spaces to create new roads and a mile-long waterfront esplanade for the city, whose citizens will also enjoy improved public transit ridership and decreased traffic as a byproduct. Finally, from an economic perspective, the project is creating more than 1,100 construction jobs and 250 permanent jobs as we work to build a sustainable future for the borough.
...That Staten Island is depleting itself of young
people has been a source of concern to the city ”
“ A turning point for the entire East Shore. ”