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.
The Homeport, a 35-acre decommissioned US 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 waterfront access, and create significant investment in public infrastructure while unlocking the opportunity for retail and affordable housing in line with the Mayor's Housing New York 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. Ironstate Development Company broke ground on the first phase of development in 2013 and transformed seven acres into a sustainable development providing new shopping and residential opportunities, including affordable housing, for Staten Island residents. Future phases of development will further encourage pedestrian and bicycle traffic in the Stapleton neighborhood, catalyze transit-oriented economic development, strengthen the area’s climate change resiliency, and facilitate connections to the formerly underutilized waterfront.
In 2018, the Bay Street Corridor rezoning proposal certified into ULURP, including a text amendment to the zoning at New Stapleton Waterfront’s northern parcels. This change would allow additional height to accommodate a future school on the site in anticipation of the corridor’s growth while not losing the site’s potential for housing production.
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 US Green Building Council.
Public Open Space
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 six-acre park includes grass and landscaped areas, benches, water fountains, a fish cleaning station, and lit walkways. The City, along with an Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) grant from the Department of State (DOS), has invested 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 were implemented by NYCEDC’s Capital Program, with Phase 1 completed in Spring 2016.
Designed and constructed in phases under NYCEDC contracts, the second and third phases will consist of infrastructure improvements and additional public waterfront open space. NYCEDC is currently in the design process, which will include a public art installation. In Summer 2016, DB Lampman was selected as the public artist who will collaborate with NYCEDC to design and create the Phase II and III open space.