In Stapleton, Holding the Old and New Together

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via GABBY WARSHAWER/ The Wall Street Journal

New development and historic preservation are often considered uneasy bedfellows, but both are thriving in Staten Island’s Stapleton neighborhood.

Developers recently broke ground on a large waterfront project that will have around 900 units of housing. Community groups in the area, meanwhile, are campaigning to protect and maintain the area’s historic housing stock.


This summer, ground was broken on a $150 million development on the waterfront that was part of a decommissioned Navy homeport. In addition to about 900 housing units, the project by New Jersey-based Ironstate Development will also include store spaces and parking. The city will be putting $32 million into improving infrastructure in the area and building out an esplanade.

“We see this as part of a macro trend of industrial, riverfront properties turning from industrial to mixed-use,” said David Barry, the president of Ironstate Development, which has constructed mixed-use waterfront developments in Hoboken and Long Branch, N.J.



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