Brielle Avenue, the historic 45-acre site in Staten Island, is a former farm colony that operated from the early 1800s until 1975. The redevelopment of this site will reactivate a long-vacant property by providing much-needed senior-targeted housing to the borough and creating a new district that complements and enhances the surrounding community.
NYCEDC recently selected Staten Island-based NFC Associates LLC to create a new senior-targeted residential community on the site of the former NYC Farm Colony along Brielle Avenue. The development, to be called the Landmark Colony, will contain approximately 350 residential units, 17,000 square feet of commercial space, as well as, a central green space and accessory parking.
With its low density, extensive public open space for community events, and respectful adaptive reuse of key historic assets, the Landmark Colony will leverage the site’s extraordinary natural and historical context to create a vibrant community that represents more than $91 million in private investment. The project will also create over 250 construction jobs and 41 permanent jobs.
The Landmark Colony design draws from the site’s situation bordering the Staten Island Greenbelt by incorporating a central, park‐like pedestrian infrastructure as well as a “green belt” spanning the site perimeter to physically and visually connect it with the surrounding area. The development will contain approximately 350 residential units within landmarked dormitories, elevator buildings and period-inspired carriage houses. Additional amenities designed to serve both residents and visitors will include interconnected trails and paths for pedestrians and cyclists, a community greenhouse and outdoor gardens inspired by the farm colony's legacy of permaculture.
All work, including demolition, alterations, stabilization, and new construction will require approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
The 45-acre Landmark Colony property is in close proximity to recreational amenities and institutions, such as the College of Staten Island, Sea View Hospital and Home Rehabilitation Center, and the Greenbelt Recreation Center. It is also near well-established residential communities as well as shopping and tourist destinations such as the Staten Island Mall, Historic Richmondtown, MTA Express Bus stops, and the Staten Island Expressway.
Landmark Colony Overview
- Approximately 350 senior-targeted condominium units
- Rehabilitation of 5 of the 11 historic buildings
- Stabilization of one additional building
- Approximately 17,000 SF of commercial space
- “Arrested ruins” (stabilized landmarked building) anchoring gardens
- Connections to Parks system and Staten Island Greenbelt (i.e. – walking trails)
- “Olmstead Square”