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    Here Now, the SHoP-Designed Outlet Mall Coming to S.I.

    by Jessica Dailey

    Staten Island is preparing for its very own megaproject, the centerpiece of which is a 625-foot-tall observation wheel, but the bulk of the development will be a 1,000,000-square-foot outlet mall and entertainment complex designed by firm-of-the-moment, SHoP Architects. Both the mall and the wheel (they have different developers) enter the six-month review process today, and BFC Partners released a slew of new renderings showing the design of the complex, know as the Empire Outlets. Green roofs abound on the multi-tiered project, which will host 125 stores in 340,000-square-feet of retail, plus restaurants and a 200-room hotel.

    Cuozzo of the Post reports that several high-end retailers showed interest in the development, to rise close to the St. George Ferry terminal, during the ICSC conference in Las Vegas.

    Supposedly reps from Coach, Restoration Hardware, Michael Kors, Nordstrom Rack, and Brooks Bros. all showed interest in BFC's presentation of the Empire Outlets. The developer wouldn't discuss specifics, but they made clear that not all brands are welcome in the retail space: "We actually have had to turn some people away because we want a certain brand level. There are outlets and there are outlets."

    The project is estimated to cost between $250 and $275 million, and if all goes as planned, it will be complete in 2016.

    EXCLUSIVE: First look at Staten Island's Empire Outlets [NYP]
    Bloomberg Adding Space [NYP]

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    65 Acres of Staten Island's South Shore Set For Development

    by Jessica Dailey

    A story in today's Journal highlights just how differently things are developed in Staten Island compared to Manhattan or Brooklyn. A development plan for 65 acres of city-owned land on the borough's South Shore is currently making its way through the public-approval process. The proposal comes from the city's Economic Development Corporation, and it calls for a retail center, public library, new park, senior housing, and a new school. A plan this large is sure to incite cries for affordable housing, no big box stores, and more public amenities, no? Not here in Charleston. "Some people in the area who ride their horses across the land had objections." But most concerns have been allayed, and miraculously, everyone seems pretty pleased with the plan (mind you, it's been in the works since 2002).

    The the project (shown in red on the site image) is expect to being construction this fall, and the financing system is unique for a city development. To build the first retail portion, 11 acres are being sold to a private developer (a joint venture by Guido Passarelli & Sons and Blumenfeld Development Group) for $7.5 million. This money will pay for the environmental impact study the city completed, and $2 million of it will go toward construction of the library. The senior housing and school will be part of the second phase, to be complete by 2020, while the first phase will include a 20-acre conservation area and 23-acre park, which, naturally, will have a horse-friendly trail system.

    On the Move on Staten Island's South Shore [WSJ]
    Charleston Mixed-Used Development [EDC]
    NYCEDC and Borough President Molinaro Announce Plans to Jumpstart Development of 58-Acre Site in Charleston, Staten Island []

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    Staten Island has a new police station, and it's shaped like a stapler.

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    This is big for SI, especially when you hear about so many places across the area like the correctional center standing there abandoned for decades. I really hope this happens.

    I'm skeptical though, at the low $20M price tag for such a project.

    Broadway Stages to turn Arthur Kill Correctional Facility on Staten Island into $20M movie backlot

    The state prison closed in 2011. Officials say the property will be turned into a 69-acre studio for making movies, TV shows and music videos and is expected to create up to 1,500 jobs.

    By Bill Hutchinson / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 7:35 PM

    The Arthur Kill Correctional Facility, which once housed more than 900 prisoners, will now play host to the stars when it's redeveloped into a 69-acre movie studio.

    Hollywood is coming to Staten Island.
    The old Arthur Kill prison will be turned into a $20 million movie backlot with five state-of-the-art sound stages to lure top filmmakers, officials announced Tuesday.
    Broadway Stages plans to create a 69-acre mecca for making movies, TV shows and music videos. “We are looking forward to expanding on Staten Island and transforming Arthur Kill into a world class production facility,” said Broadway stages president Gina Argento.

    Broadway Stages already operates studios in Brooklyn and Queens, boasting a total of 27 sound stages. The Staten Island project is expected to create up to 1,500 high-paying jobs over the next five years, officials said.
    Broadway Stages has agreed to purchase the state-owned site on Staten Island’s West Shore for $7 million and invest $20 million in private funds to build the studio, officials said.

    Broadway Stages plans to build five state-of-the-art soundstages at the former prison at Staten Island. “Reinvesting in properties like this is one of many ways to bolster the economic development of the Island and craft a new perception of our borough,” said Staten Island Borough President James Oddo.

    The Arthur Kill Correctional Facility, which once housed more than 900 prisoners, was closed in December 2011.
    Kenneth Adams, commissioner of the Empire State Development Corp., said he couldn’t think of better use for a defunct prison. “For a long time, New York’s economic development strategy included keeping empty prisons open as job factories at the expense of taxpayers, but those days are over,” Adams said. “In the last three years, the state has closed nine prisons, allowing us to cut taxes, reduce spending and create new economic opportunities in the local communities,” Adams said.

    The plan still requires public approval and is subject to contract negotiations. Argento said that within six months of closing on the deal, the company will make a portion of the facility available for film use. The rest of the project is expected to be completed in two years.

    “Reinvesting in properties like this is one of many ways to bolster the economic development of the Island and craft a new perception of our borough,” said Staten Island Borough President James Oddo.
    State Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island), who lobbied Gov. Cuomo to bring a film studio to Staten Island, said the Broadway Stages project will help the borough “compete with the rest of the city.”
    The Arthur Kill prison is no stranger to Hollywood. Scenes from the 2009 movie “Tenderness” — starring Russell Crowe — were filmed there.

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    Staten Island's Farm Colony Faces Development After Decay

    by Nathan Kensinger

    The New York City Farm Colony, a popular destination for photographers and graffiti artists, has been marked for development after decades of decay. All photos by Nathan Kensinger.

    As springtime slowly returns to the city, one of Staten Island's most popular destinations is again showing signs of life. At the New York City Farm Colony, a 70-acre campus of abandoned, crumbling buildings, herds of wintering deer will soon be replaced by this season's visitors. Photographers, paintballers, graffiti artists, ghost hunters and other curiosity seekers have made this their playground for nearly 40 years, climbing through gaping holes in the surrounding chain-link fence to explore its century-old dormitories. But this may be one of their last chances to visit the old Farm Colony.

    In October 2013, the NYCEDC and James Oddo, Staten Island's current Borough President, announced plans to develop 46 acres of this campus, transforming it from "the densest concentration of derelict structures anywhere in the five boroughs" into the Landmark Colony—a senior citizen complex with 300 new residential units, which will be constructed in 2016. Five of the eleven buildings still standing at the Farm Colony will be rehabilitated as part of this plan, under the supervision of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which designated this a Historic District in 1985. Several of the remaining buildings will be demolished.

    The city has tried to lure developers to this area since at least 1988 with no success. In the interim, it has condemned a significant piece of New York's past to demolition-by-neglect. With roots tracing back to 1829, the Farm Colony has a long and colorful history, which includes its slow evolution from a poor house where inmates worked the land to pay for room and board, into a massive old-folks home with 1,700 residents, and finally into a lawless wilderness, left to rot since 1975. And now, as it is returned to its former life as a refuge for the elderly, the Farm Colony's current entropic era will end, erasing one of New York City's most unique landscapes.

    The Farm Colony campus is located just a few feet away from several Staten Island residential neighborhoods. Its ruined buildings are visible from the street.

    The wreckage is a lure to many curious visitors. This group of photographers had read about the campus online, and planned to put their photos up on Instagram.

    Paintballers have built an elaborate battlefield in front of the graffiti-covered Insane Pavilion, a building which dates back to 1910.

    The Dining Hall and Kitchen Building, built in 1914, is one of the five buildings that will be rehabilitated during the upcoming construction.

    The interior of the Dining Hall is still relatively intact, with most ceilings and floors still in place. Many of its windows and staircases, though, have completely rotted away.

    Men's Dormitory 1 & 2 was opened in 1904, and is one of the oldest structures at the Farm Colony. Like several of the older dormitories on the campus, it may be demolished.

    The building's interior is completely gutted, with no roof, floors, or support. Trees, shrubs and vines have taken root. Two of these ruined dormitories will be "stabilized and preserved in their current state," according to the NYCEDC, "to anchor extensive gardens."

    Women's Dormitory 5 & 6, built between 1910 and 1912, may also be demolished, despite being in somewhat better condition than earlier structures.

    The second floor of the Women's Dormitory is missing most of its roof and floor, but window frames, tile work, and staircases are still in place.

    The most stable structures at the farm colony are Dormitories A, B, C, and D, which were built in 1931 to house Staten Island's elderly, impoverished residents.

    These dormitories still contain hundreds of individual cubicles. When the Farm Colony was closed down in 1975, residents were moved to across the street to Seaview Hospital.

    The interiors of these four dormitories are still in relatively good condition, despite layers of graffiti, dirt, and debris. The buildings still have floors and roofs, and could be stabilized and renovated, with some effort.

    However, after decades of exposure to the elements, it is hard to picture a new generation of elderly Staten Islanders moving back into the same cubicles of their predecessors.

    These cubicles look out over a former parkland, complete with destroyed benches and obscured walking paths. The Landmark Colony would create a new outdoor space, including an amphitheater.

    In the meantime, the Farm Colony campus continues its unchecked evolution into an urban wilderness, as it approaches the 40th anniversary of its abandonment.

    Nathan Kensinger [Official]

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    Check Out SOM's Mindboggling, $70 Million Net Zero School

    by Hana R. Alberts

    [Holy solar panels, Batman. The school is located on a 3.5-acre lot near the Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve.]

    Staten Island's planned "net zero" school, which was announced in 2011 and broke ground in 2012, is taking shape. With P.S. 62 slated to open in the fall of 2015, housing 444 pre-K through fifth-grade students, exciting (and very technical) details about the $70 million, 68,680-square-foot project have emerged via architecture powerhouse Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, which has renderings and details posted on its website. The Wall Street Journal dove into the nitty-gritty of the energy-saving design and amenities. The school "will produce at least as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year, and possibly even be able to sell energy back to the grid." That's made a reality by several measures: a football field-sized array of more than 2,000 solar panels; a wind turbine, "energy-generating exercise equipment"; LED lights with motion sensors; skylights as another light source; and special kitchen equipment and HVAC systems. Get this: geothermal wells will take advantage of 50-degree groundwater year-round, using it to help heat and cool the building. N.B.: The whole shebang made attendees at a sustainable schools conference "erupt in audible gasps."

    As per SOM, here's some archibabble: "SOM optimized the orientation and massing of the courtyard-shaped building to take advantage of sunlight for both ample daylighting and photovoltaic arrays on the roof and south facade. Other sustainable and low-energy features incorporated in the design include an ultra-tight high-performance building envelope, daylit offset corridors, energy-efficient lighting fixtures, low-energy kitchen equipment, a greenhouse and vegetable garden, a geo-exchange system, energy recovery ventilators and demand-control ventilation, and a solar thermal system for hot water."

    The north facade.

    The south facade.

    The building's windows are being very specially planned. Back to some archibabble from SOM; see through the jargon and grasp that access to light is crucial here: "Horizontal deep-set clerestory and vision windows on the school's south facades will shade the glass from solar heat gain while providing panoramic views. Vertically spanning precast rainscreen panels on the east, west, and north facades form a very tight enclosure to help minimize air infiltration. SOM optimized the building orientation by placing all classrooms and other learning spaces on either the north or south side. Double-height, offset corridors with skylights and open stairs offer ample daylight and promote intuitive circulation throughout the building. All supplementary lighting fixtures will have dimming and daylight harvesting capabilities."

    In addition, SOM has outfitted the school with high-tech science labs, plus "a walkway with educational way stations on energy conservation and a greenhouse and vegetable garden that will furnish some of the cafeteria food."

    This is an example of an energy dashboard display for the kitchen and cafeteria.

    According to SOM
    , the "design will offer an energy-use reduction of 50% over a SCA [School Construction Authority] standard public school."

    Part of the net-zero goal will be getting the kids involved. Flat-screen monitors will be scattered around the school, which will show "the current energy usage in each classroom intended to create a friendly competition among the students about which classes are saving more energy. Math and science teachers will be encouraged to work this data into their instruction."

    Building a School Replaces Its Used Energy [WSJ]
    P.S. 62 Net Zero Energy School [SOM]
    P.S. 62 Net Zero Energy School – Sustainable Design [SOM]

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    A Community-Centric Apartment Complex on the Staten Island Waterfront

    By Cara Anderson August 29, 2016

    With Ironstate Development Company’s Urby Staten Island project, “they had to go big or go home,” according to a local resident quoted in the New York Times. This community-centric apartment complex feels like part of a grand plan with its urban garden and communal kitchen. These unique amenities target modern urban dwellers by promoting sustainable lifestyles.

    Ironstate worked with Concrete, a Dutch architecture firm, in conceptualizing the boxy, mid-rise buildings that currently advertise 571 studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments. The first floor is primarily designed for retail space, a convenience that makes the complex feel like even more like a community.

    The interior features bright colors and fun shapes, like a five-sided house motif that reoccurs over things like the entrance and the bodega inside. Mismatched chairs and eclectic accessories around the space add to its quirky feel.

    The apartments themselves focus on efficiency without losing the fun additions present in communal spaces. The floor numbers are done to look like graffiti and each unit has a collage of different pictures compiled from around the city to denote the apartment number. Most spaces are laid out so that the living rooms are outward facing and bedrooms are tucked into the interior, allowing residents to make the most of views. [Photography by Ewout Huibers and information courtesy of New York Times and Urby Staten Island]

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