Staten Island is just piling on the megaprojects. There's the 65-acre development on the borough's South Shore in Charleston; the SHoP-designed, giant-wheel-equipped complex near the St. George Ferry Terminal; and today ground broke on a 900-unit mixed-use development on a former Navy port in Stapleton. The $180 million project is part of the city's New Stapleton Waterfront revitalization plan, and in addition to housing, it will bring 30,000-square-feet of retail and a public waterfront esplanade. Post-Sandy, developer Ironstate Development reworked the design of the LEED-certified project to incorporate more flood-prevention measures.
Not only will the project be constructed two feet higher than previously planned, but it will be surrounded by open space that will protect against flooding and shoreline corrosion. A 30,000-square-foot cove of tidal wetlands will be created between Canal and Water Streets, and a storm water management system will include 60,000-square-feet of bio-swales that will remove pollution from the water before it reaches the bay.
The first stage of the project, to be complete by 2015, will se 340,000-square-feet of residential and 25,000-square-feet of retail and parking. The second phase will bring 260,000-square-feet of residential and 5,000-square-feet of retail.