Work is now underway on a new waterfront plaza in Staten Island that will overlook a ship graveyard and offer views of the Kill Van Kull. The city’s Parks Department along with some elected officials broke ground yesterday on the Van Name Van Pelt Plaza, which will be located along Richmond Terrace, between Van Name and Van Pelt Avenues, Staten Island Live reported.
The plaza will include a woodland path, an overlook for water views, a gathering space, and historical maps of Staten Island’s north shore. This particular site was once utilized by the island’s marine and oyster industries back in the 1800s.
By the 20th century, the area had become residential, and the city took over this particular land in 1951. At that time, the houses along the waterfront were deemed unsafe, according to SILive, and the city demolished them. The site has been used as a picnic destination since with views of five sunken ships still visible from this area.
The project will cost just under $4 million to build, with funds contributed from the Mayor’s office, and the local City Council member. Work on the project is expected to wrap sometime in 2019.