New Stapleton Waterfront

Last Updated August 03, 2015

The New Stapleton Waterfront development will activate and expand an underutilized waterfront as well as unlock the opportunity for new development opportunities, including affordable housing, retail, and significant investment in public infrastructure. 

Overview

The Homeport, a 35-acre decommissioned U.S. Naval Base on the north shore of Staten Island, is poised to become a revitalized, mixed-use residential community known as the New Stapleton Waterfront. Using the community-driven Stapleton Waterfront Development Plan, the project will activate and expand an underutilized waterfront while unlocking the opportunity for affordable housing in line with the Mayor's Housing New York Plan, retail, and significant investment in public infrastructure.

The City, along with an Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) grant from the Department of State (DOS), is investing approximately $130 million for public infrastructure improvements that include roadway upgrades, bicycle lanes, a continuous waterfront esplanade, and the creation of a tidal wetlands cove for the benefit of the local community. These public improvements are being implemented by NYCEDC’s Capital Program, with phase 1 construction underway and anticipated to be complete in early 2016. The design of the subsequent phases of public improvements will commence in 2015.

Designed and constructed in phases under NYCEDC contracts, the second and third phases of development will further expand waterfront access to the Stapleton community and unlock nearterm private investment in new mixed-use development at the Homeport including significant affordable housing. Similar to the first phase, Phases 2 and 3 of NYCEDC’s work will consist of infrastructure improvements and new public waterfront open space.

Ironstate Development Company broke ground in 2013 and is transforming 7 acres into a sustainable development of rental housing units and retail stores. Future phases of development will further expand waterfront access to the Stapleton community and Staten Island as well as provide additional development opportunities.

Together these improvements will encourage pedestrian and bicycle traffic in the Stapleton neighborhood, catalyze transit-oriented economic development, strengthen the area’s climate change resiliency, and facilitate development on City-owned land that is currently vacant and underutilized.

A Community Vision for the Waterfront

In April 2003, the Mayor's Homeport Task Force, comprised of City officials, local elected representatives, the Department of City Planning, and business and community leaders, was established to help develop a plan for the New Stapleton Waterfront that was both community-driven and economically feasible.

The initial phase of the proposed project complies with the public planning framework and meets the development goals provided in the Development Plan, which include strong connections to the Stapleton community and complementary uses designed to advance ongoing revitalization efforts.

Development Plan

In the fall of 2011, Ironstate Development Company closed an agreement with the City to acquire parcels and to develop the first phase of a new, sustainable, mixed-use waterfront community at the former Homeport. Located within walking distance to the Stapleton Staten Island Railroad station, the first phase of development will provide new shopping and residential opportunities, including affordable housing, for Staten Island residents and commuters. Occupancy of residential units, which will include studios, one and two bedrooms, is anticipated to begin in 2015.

To facilitate community connections and provide needed open space and access to the waterfront, the City is undertaking major road reconstruction and the creation of a waterfront esplanade. The open space will include walking paths, lawns, and landscaped areas. In addition, a new public launch site will allow non-motorized boats to access the river and docking for historic vessels.

In keeping with the the City's commitment to environmental sustainability, the New Stapleton Waterfront development will participate in the new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) certification program administered by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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