The former Navy Homeport is being transformed into a vibrant, sustainable, and livable addition to the Stapleton community and the Staten Island waterfront.
The Homeport, a 35-acre decommissioned U.S. Naval Base in Staten Island, is poised to become a new, mixed-use residential community in accordance with the community-driven New Stapleton Waterfront Development Plan.
The first phase of the development will activate and reconnect an underutilized waterfront through new housing opportunities, retail and significant improvements in public infrastructure.
After breaking ground in 2013, the Ironstate Development Company is transforming 7 acres into a sustainable development of rental housing units and retail stores. In addition, the City is investing $32 million for road improvements and a new waterfront esplanade for the historic Stapleton community and all of Staten Island. Future phases of development will include additional public open space.
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.
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.