Construction should soon begin on the long-awaited redevelopment of Staten Island’s Stapleton Homeport, and the site’s developer expects to being the overlooked borough to the attention of young professionals. Borough reporter Amanda Farinacci filed the following report.
By: Amanda Farinacci
These five buildings at the Stapleton Homeport will soon cease to exist. City offices have moved out, most of the necessary permits are in hand and within a few months, the land that was once owned by the United States Navy will be bustling with construction activity.
“The first step once we close on the property will be to demolish the buildings. That would probably be 30 to 60 days after we close on the property,” says developer David Barry of Ironstate Development.
Plan after plan for the sprawling 36-acre waterfront property has fallen by the wayside since the Navy set sail in the mid-1990s.
The latest proposal seems ready to go. It will feature about 800 units of housing, retail space and a waterfront esplanade in a partnership between the city’s Economic Development Corporation and Ironstate Development.
“Staten Island is a great location for them geographically. We want to make something with a real sense of place,” says Barry.
A recent study found a decrease in the number of 25- to 34-year-olds living in the borough. Barry says he believes the site will finally give young professionals an alternative to moving to Manhattan or Brooklyn.
“We really want to provide an option for somebody that wants their independence, wants some excitement, but has a reason to be in this area,” says Barry.
Officials expect to close on the property this fall. Soon after, construction will begin on the first phase of the plan — some 400 housing units and 35,000-square-feet of retail space.
“We just want really strong tenants that understand what it’s going to take to be successful here, because at the end of the day that’s really what it’s going to take to make this place a success,” says Barry.
Ironstate says it will start trying to attract tenants from mom-and-pop shops to established Staten Island restaurants come the fall.
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