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Ferris Wheel Approval Energizes Staten Island's Development

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The 625-foot-tall ferris wheel that was recently approved for the Staten Island waterfront is, according to at least one Islander, "'the biggest thing to happen to us' since the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge." Another, Cit Councilwoman Debi Rose, said the project proved that the long-neglected borough was "coming up to the apex of a renaissance," which isn't hard to believe when you look at all of the recently planned developments. The Journal story with the aforementioned quotes lists a few such projects, like the 900-apartment mixed used complex coming to a decommissioned naval base and a Brooklyn-esque artists workshop called Staten Island Makerspace, both in Stapleton.

Makerspace is the product of a husband-wife design team whose workshop flooded during Hurricane Sandy, but after they cleaned up, they decided to more than double their space and start the nonprofit for fellow creatives in the borough. Other new developments include the planned conversion of an abandoned poorhouse and hospital in Willowbrook to a retirement community. On the South Shore over the island, 65 acres are being redeveloped into a retail complex and nature preserve, but it's the North Shore that has Borough President James Molinaro the most excited, calling it "a tremendous asset that has been underutilized for far too long."
· Staten Island on a Roll [WSJ]
· Approval Imminent for Staten Island's Giant Ferris Wheel, Mall [Curbed]
· 900 New Apartments Headed For S.I.'s Stapleton Waterfront [Curbed]
· 65 Acres of Staten Island's South Shore Set For Development [Curbed]