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June 25th, 2003, 03:08 PM
EDC is spearheading a $103 million renovation of Staten Island’s St. George Ferry Terminal to be completed late 2004. The project will create an additional 12,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, a pedestrian walkway connecting Richmond Terrace and the terminal entry.

EDC created the Homeport Task Force made up of local elected officials, City officials and representatives from the community to develop a comprehensive plan for reusing the entire 36-acre Homeport site-capitalizing on its exceptional waterfront location and strengthening the adjoining Stapleton community. The task force has already issued a request for proposals seeking a nationally recognized planning consultant to study development opportunities along the Staten Island waterfront from the Homeport site to the St. George Ferry Terminal.

EDC is now building on the success of Howland Hook Marine Terminal through a $500 million investment by the City, Port Authority and Army Corps of Engineers to build deeper channels, modern on-dock rail service, and a longer wharf. These improvements will generate an additional 300 jobs in five years, adding $5 million in annual tax benefits to the City and State. *Howland Hook Marine Terminal is the City’s premier deep-sea cargo port, employing more than 800 full- and part-time workers, making it the largest employer on Staten Island.

EDC is working with the Port Authority to reactivate the Staten Island Railroad in 2005. This project will facilitate growth of the Howland Hook Marine Terminal, allow for the export of Staten Island waste by rail, and remove trucks from the borough’s busy roadways.

EDC is developing the Bricktown Center at Charleston, a $65 million project that will bring 412,000 square feet of retail space to southern Staten Island. *As part of this project, 22 acres will be developed for active and semi-active facilities and will be known as Charleston Park. EDC will dedicate additional space for the development of a school, a senior housing center and a nursery. The project will create 500 construction jobs and 1,100 permanent jobs.

EDC is starting the design process for an additional waterfront esplanade that will stretch from the Lighthouse museum in St. George to Stapleton. The $2.5 million project will connect to the esplanade we have already built at the minor league baseball stadium and ferry terminal.

June 25th, 2003, 03:27 PM
I saw a master plan for the St George coast once. There were a few midrise residential buildings.

June 25th, 2003, 07:55 PM

Among the renovation project's primary goals was to enhance the commuter experience while realizing the station's potential as the gateway to Staten Island. Built to accommodate bus, car, and rail connections to the terminal and process commuters to ferries, the existing terminal design gave little attention to the site's aesthetic potential or impact on the adjacent waterfront development.

The new design incorporates more light and air, harbor and Manhattan views, usable exterior spaces, seamless commuter connections, connections to neighboring sites, and new destination retail.

Sustainable design strategies include a living roof, photovoltaics, water recycling, and recycled building materials. The team is aiming for the station to be the country's first LEED-certified intermodal transportation center. The LEED™ 2.0 (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating system focuses on five areas in the design and construction of environmentally friendly structures: site selection and erosion control; water efficiency; energy and atmosphere; materials and resources; and indoor environmental quality.





June 26th, 2003, 10:51 AM
Staten Island is also looking at proposals for a light rail along the north shore starting at this station. It would use abandoned tracks and be suitable for a possible future connection to the Hudson-Bergen light rail.

June 26th, 2003, 01:30 PM
I hope they revive the Stapleton movie studio proposal. *I think the plan for the site is due by July. *Hopefully, it'll be a good one for SI and NYC.

June 26th, 2003, 03:58 PM
Quote: from NYatKNIGHT on 10:51 am on June 26, 2003
Staten Island is also looking at proposals for a light rail along the north shore starting at this station. It would use abandoned tracks and be suitable for a possible future connection to the Hudson-Bergen light rail.

I wonder if that would conflict with the reactivation of the railroad for the Howland Hook Marine Terminal. Also, since the original tracks were for heavy rail, why not simply a second SIR line? North Shore Line redux.

June 26th, 2003, 04:03 PM
For a "gateway to SI", the front is inexcusably banal and dull.

June 30th, 2003, 11:53 AM
No matter how hard I try, I just never get very excited about ANYTHING having to do with Staten Island.

June 30th, 2003, 12:05 PM
It has the highest summit in the city, Todt Hill, which is also the highest on the eastern seaboard below Maine!

June 30th, 2003, 12:08 PM

June 30th, 2003, 12:16 PM
Quote: from Christian Wieland on 3:58 pm on June 26, 2003

..... since the original tracks were for heavy rail, why not simply a second SIR line? North Shore Line redux.
That is also an option. At this point, I believe they are currently looking at all commuter options available while evaluating ridership projections, determining new zoning along the corridor, and of course, weighing in costs. The existing corridor could be used between stops but new track/routes would veer off for better access to neighborhoods.
These options include:
Bus - flexible and cheap, but susceptible to traffic jams.

Bus Rapid Transit - runs in its own guideway to avoid traffic, but route options are not very flexible.

Heavy Rail - Preferred by most, but has very high capital costs and there can be no at-grade crossings in neighborhoods.

Streetcar and Light Rail - Can't operate jointly with heavy rail, and overhead lines mean high clearances. But both these options effectively serve high demand corridors and offer a wider range of track alignment options because they can navigate steep slopes and tighter curves. A streetcar vehicle is generally smaller than a light rail vehicle.

Deisel Multiple Unit - Uses no locomotive and offers high capacity service, but with none in use in the U.S. now (all are in Europe), costs may be high. Also deisel emissions and noise could be an issue.

I don't know if or how it would conflict with the Howland Hook Marine Terminal, to be honest, though I'll see what I can find out.

June 30th, 2003, 05:23 PM
Old Travis Branch in blue. The North Shore Line went to Jersey?


July 1st, 2003, 12:28 PM
Yes, originally it went to Cranford Junction, NJ. Passenger operation was eliminated in 1953. That segment still provides a permanent rail connection to the national network. The city talks about resuming freight service, or at least the possibility.

New MTA rail or even a parallel Light Rail within the North Shore Right-of-Way could bring workers to Howland Hook and other industrial plants as well as residential neighborhoods. The good news is there are lots of rail options that could help redevelop and revive Staten Island.

July 3rd, 2003, 12:33 PM
The Staten Island Railway could adopt the Northern Line for passenger trains if the freight option was judged to be not viable. I'm already envisioning eight or so SIR stations such as (from west to east) Howland Hook, Arlington, Mariners' Harbor, Port Richmond, Livingston, Randall Manor, New Brighton, and finally St George. Currently the SIR goes only along the eastern regions of the borough, as shown by the map below:


(Edited by Agglomeration at 12:33 pm on July 3, 2003)

March 6th, 2006, 07:18 PM
Put Commuters in Pole Position

Published: January 15, 2006
JUST because Nascar and its fans are car enthusiasts, that doesn't mean the proposed Nascar track on Staten Island has to add to the island's traffic problem. In fact, if Nascar could help finance the revitalization of the oldNorth Shore line of the Staten Island Railway, the track's construction could improve area transportation.

The line, which has a West Shore spur that runs through the heart of the track site in the Bloomfield section, ended passenger service in 1953 when buses were a viable - and less expensive - option to train service. The city owns the property, but hasn't worked toward reopening the line. Meanwhile, the West Shore spur, along with part of the Arlington Railyard, is being rehabilitated to once again accommodate freight service from the Howland Hook Marine Terminal and lug garbage out of the island's new rail waste-transfer station at Fresh Kills.

With all this work going on, and with Nascar already heavily invested and desperate to get into New York City, islanders should demand that they get dividends. And those dividends should include a direct rail link to Manhattan.

If this sounds crazy, consider something crazier: the island is the only place in the tri-state region that doesn't have direct train links to Manhattan. Nascar's track could put an end to that.

The North Shore line, with its connection to New Jersey via the Arthur Kill Lift Bridge, is the key. Reopen the line from the St. George Terminal, and you instantly give residents on the island's North Shore - along with any fan who shows up at a race - easy, quick and car-free access to the Staten Island Ferry. Then take things a step further: connect the lift bridge to Amtrak's Northeast Corridor line, and you're half-a-dozen stops from Penn Station without changing trains. Staten Islanders would then have their fastest commute to Midtown in history (along with a rail link to Newark Liberty Airport), and the Nascar track would have a connection to the nation's rail system and an international airport.

Islanders could further benefit from more transportation investment: run a spur of the active South Shore line from the Pleasant Plains station along the West Shore Expressway (like the AirTrain to Kennedy International Airport along the Van Wyck Expressway) where it can hook up with the Nascar line near Fresh Kills. This would create a rail loop around Staten Island, giving the majority of islanders access to the train. Finally, lay about two miles of track through Fresh Kills Park to the Staten Island Mall, where you could end up with a centrally located park-and-ride terminal with the eight-lane Richmond Avenue feeding into it.

Commuters could then shop at the mall after work, pack their purchases in the trunk of their cars and drive home.

Who would oversee such an undertaking? Given the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's lack of interest in the island, this seems like the perfect job for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates Howland Hook as well as the island's three vehicular bridges to New Jersey, one of which - the Goethals - the Port Authority is bent on twinning or replacing. Islanders should insist that if a new bridge is built alongside the Goethals, the existing structure be used for passenger-only train service, thus alleviating any conflicts the passenger service would have with freight operations.

But it would take a big business with a lot on the table to get the ball rolling. According to The Staten Island Advance, Nascar's new $4.48 billion television deal hinges on the island track. With that in mind, I would say that ball is in Staten Island's court.

Vince DiMiceli is the senior editor of "The Brooklyn Papers."

February 27th, 2007, 02:08 PM
Triangle Equities to develop harbor site

By: David Jones
Published: February 27, 2007

The New York City Economic Development Corp. named Triangle Equities Development Co. for a $105 million development on the Lighthouse Harbor site near the St. George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island.

City officials said the project should create 250 full-time jobs and 650 construction jobs and generate $98 million in revenue over the next 25 years.

Triangle Equities plans to renovate three historic buildings and six underground vaults for retail shopping and residential use. The developer also plans to build two residential buildings and parking facilities on vacant areas of the site.

Two remaining buildings, which are owned by the city, will become the new home of the National Lighthouse Museum. The museum first selected the site in 1997.

The proposal from Triangle Equities includes 200 residential units in two newly constructed buildings, and about 45,000 square feet of retail space in the three historic buildings and the six underground vaults. Officials said the site will include a restaurant, as well as local and national retail stores.

The city will retain ownership of Pier 1, which is a public pier near the site, as well as the adjoining plaza and esplanade.

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March 15th, 2007, 08:55 AM
I could live in Staten Island if the 1 train was extended to St. George.

July 5th, 2007, 09:49 PM
Huge Area of Staten Island May Be Up for Development

Special to the Sun
July 5, 2007 (http://www.nysun.com/article/57878)

The city is moving forward with plans to determine the future of one of the city's last undeveloped frontiers, the wetlands-filled and shipping-heavy West Shore of Staten Island.

The city's Economic Development Corporation last week put out a request for proposals for a land use and transportation plan for the area, part of an effort to devise a growth strategy for the space more than six times the size of Central Park.

The extraordinary amount of undeveloped land in the area — the majority of the West Shore's 5,700 acres includes brownfields, wetlands, and Fresh Kills Park, according to the Department of City Planning — is sure to attract the eyes of developers accustomed to the other four boroughs' tight land constraints.

The plan is a hot topic among local politicians, who have clamored for a rezoning for years amid complaints of ad-hoc residential development throughout the area. Adding any more housing would further clog the already overstrained roadways, elected officials say, and as such, development should be confined to industry or commercial uses.

Council Member James Oddo, who represents much of the West Shore, called any plan that contains provisions for new housing "dead on arrival."

"The last thing I want there is additional residential community," Mr. Oddo said. "Give us some economic development. Give us some locations where Staten Islanders can work in their own borough."

Many involved in real estate find it hard to imagine the city would completely put a halt to the development of housing in New York City's fastest-growing borough, especially one with such a historically residential character.

"I can't imagine the study would shy away from residential — it's potentially very lucrative," a finance professor at the College of Staten Island, Jonathan Peters, said. "The question is how do you make it workable?"

Mr. Peters and many community leaders are pushing the idea of building a light rail on the West Shore in an effort to alleviate congestion. The rail could cross into New Jersey and allow commuters to link up with the PATH system.
The city is studying the concept.

In a sign it could be open to the creation of the light rail or other new transit in the area, the city, in its request for proposals for the land use contract, acknowledges that the existing infrastructure is already "inadequate to support current or new development scenarios."

For now, the city is mum on its preferred use for the site, as the Bloomberg administration is going into the process open-minded, a spokeswoman for the Department of City Planning, Rachaele Raynoff, said.

Passions are sure to run high over this underused section of the island. Just a mention of the plan to build a Nascar track, which fizzled last December amid community opposition, can inspire an impassioned rant among opponents and proponents still sour from the fight.

Officials say the 675-acre site on the northwest corner of the island, owned by the International Speedway Corp., is being eyed for uses related to the neighboring Howland Hook container port.

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July 5th, 2007, 10:13 PM
Half of the congestion problems on the Island would disappear if only the Hudson Bergen Light Rail were extended to the other side of the Bayonne Bridge, and then perhaps along the extant railroad ROW along the North Shore toward the ferry.

But then of course that would involve cooperation between two different state governments and multiple transit agencies, not to mention the hysterical reaction of the NIMBY's, so I'm not holding my breath.

May 22nd, 2008, 05:49 AM
Viñoly’s Silver Staten Island Stationhouse Approved by Art Commission

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Stephen Del Percio
May 21st, 2008 (http://www.greenbuildingsnyc.com/2008/05/21/vinoly%e2%80%99s-silver-staten-island-stationhouse-approved-by-art-commission/)

Earlier this week, the New York City Art Commission approved Rafael Viñoly’s design for the 49,000-square-foot 121st Police Precinct on Staten Island; the project aims to be Gotham’s first LEED-certified police facility.

The Art Commission, which was founded back in 1898, serves as New York City’s design review agency, reviewing permanent works of art, architecture, and landscape architecture that are planned for construction or renovation across the five boroughs.

11 members volunteer their services to the Commission, including an architect, landscape architect, painter, sculptor, and representatives from the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the New York Public Library.

The Stationhouse is slated for a site along Richmond Avenue in Staten Island’s Graniteville neighborhood; Viñoly expects to break ground next March. You’ll recall that Viñoly also designed the electric yellow Brooklyn Children’s Museum in Crown Heights, which is similarly seeking LEED certification.

Fred Wilmers will serve as Viñoly’s project director for the Precinct- Mr. Wilmers was also responsible for the firm’s Bronx County Hall of Justice project, which recently opened and features a number of sustainable design features. The updated rendering of the Stationhouse above is courtesy of Rafael Viñoly Architects PC.

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October 23rd, 2009, 09:41 AM
At groundbreaking ceremony, a new day dawns for the NYPD on Staten Island

By Peter N. Spencer

October 22, 2009

An artist's rendering of what the new stationhouse will look like.

Just as it appeared the project was headed for the dusty shelf of political promises past, Staten Island’s long-awaited fourth police precinct took a quantum leap forward as shovels hit the ground in Graniteville today.

One month after they told the Advance they had no timetable and no proposed start date for construction (http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2009/09/ground_breaking_for_fourth_sta.html), city officials now say the 121st Precinct will be completed in just 30 months.

The $63.6 million facility will be built on vacant land between Baron Hirsch and Hillside cemeteries and Wilcox Street, across from the ShopRite shopping plaza on Richmond Avenue.

It will not only be the first new precinct in the borough since 1962 -- when the population of the Island was less than half it is now -- it will also be the city’s first “green” precinct, with a host of energy-saving and environmentally-friendly features.

“This state-of-the art facility will allow the NYPD do an even better job of protecting our fastest-growing borough,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at the groundbreaking event. “Even though the economic downturn is forcing us to cut back and stretch out a number of city capital projects, we’re moving ahead now with this facility, because fighting crime is always going to be our top priority."

The 121st precinct will provide much needed relief to a borough police force that is stretched over the largest geographical area in the entire city. The Mid-Island’s 122nd Precinct is the largest in the city at 27 square miles, and the 123rd in the South Shore is the second largest at 17.5 square miles. The North Shore’s 120th ranks fourth at 14.1 square miles.

The fourth precinct will be carved out of an area currently covered by the 122nd and 120th precincts on the West Shore, including Travis, Bulls Head, Westerleigh, Port Richmond, Elm Park, Graniteville, Mariners Harbor, Arlington and parts of New Springville.

“We will have more officers and they will deployed in a way that they’ll be able to get around more effectively. All of our radio cars now in Staten Island have GPS because it is a challenging area to get find your way around, even for people who are born here,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

The station will be staffed with the 30 officers currently occupying the 122nd precinct substation on Richmond Avenue in New Springville and, hopefully, new hires, Kelly added. The NYPD force has shrunk by 5,800 since Sept. 11, due to attrition and cuts to multiple police academy classes.

The proposed 52,827-square-foot stationhouse, designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects, will use up to 30 percent less electricity and water than comparably-sized precincts because of its efficient design. Stretching east to west like a stainless steel-clad airplane hangar, it will optimize sunlight for natural heating and light. Vegetation around the building will act as drainage swells to allow more stormwater to discharge in the ground rather than through the sewer system. A circular driveway will front the main entrance, below a 90-foot cantilevered second-story lobby that reaches toward Richmond Avenue.

The project will be a joint venture between The LiRo Group and HAKS.

Tottenville resident Victoria Fagan started a crusade for a fourth police precinct with a rally by a small band of activists five years ago. Ms. Fagan’s group, along with Island politicians, helped secure a promise from Mayor Bloomberg in 2005 that the new precinct would be completed by this year.

After that was delayed, the recent fiscal crisis seemed to put the whole project in jeopardy again, as the city pushed back its capital plan and scrambled to find billions to fund them. It didn’t help that the 121st Precinct came in nearly $20 million over its projected budget.

All along, the mayor and the police commissioner continued to assure Islanders that the precinct would be built. But it was an Advance article on Sept. 21 that may have prompted the city to deliver the construction contract to the city Comptroller's office to be registered.

Standing next to the ceremonial dirt on the sun-drenched site this afternoon, Ms. Fagan called the groundbreaking a “special moment.”

“Life’s got good days and bad days. Today’s definitely a good day,” Ms. Fagan said.