Development Flourished in 2019 as SI Saw Continued Growth in Both Commercial and Residential Projects

A number of large scale retail and residential projects continued to boost Staten Island’s economy in 2019, indicating a borough-wide construction boom.

Neighborhoods such as Charleston, Tottenville, Travis and Stapleton all benefitted from the surge.

Here’s a look at what’s blooming in all corners of our borough:

The Boulevard

This two-story Main Street shopping concept promised to bring 50 national and local retailers to New Dorp by the fall and even with 90 percent of its retail leases signed, the construction timetable was once again delayed. But the $180 million project, which is currently rising on the site of the former Hylan Plaza, will still introduce an Alamo Draft House Cinema to the borough and feature national chains like LA Fitness, Marshalls, Ulta Beauty, PetSmart and AC Moore. The completion date, however, still remains unknown.

“Unlike the typical strip center that is commonplace on Staten Island, The Boulevard will provide a completely unique shopping experience,” explained Nicholas Brown, vice president of development for the Northern Region of Kimco Realty Corporation, one of the country’s largest operators of open-air shopping centers and the developer of the Staten Island site. “Our two-story Main Street concept will deliver a pedestrian-friendly environment, complete with outdoor dining and sidewalk activity, which will energize and activate the entire shopping center. We believe that we struck the perfect balance that will offer the excitement of a downtown hub while providing the conveniences that customers expect from a typical shopping center. The dynamic tenant lineup at The Boulevard will encourage visitors of all ages to stay and linger, whether it’s dining outside on restaurant row, working out at a 24-hour gym, enjoying a movie at the dine-in cinema, shopping for fresh groceries, or taking care of everyday service needs.”

A few of Hylan Plaza’s existing tenants are staying, including Modell’s, CVS and Chase Bank. And other successful Staten Island businesses, including Party City and ShopRite, are moving from their current locations to capitalize on the new shopping center’s draw and appeal.

“Kimco has recognized the great potential in Staten Island and we’re transforming the already ideally- located Hylan Plaza into a shopping center befitting this growing borough,” the developer said in a statement. “Without a doubt, Staten Island is in the midst of a renaissance. Already New York City’s wealthiest outer borough, planned projects and new amenities are expected to attract millions of tourists and add 14,000 jobs to the area over the next five years. Retailers are flocking to the under-served Staten Island market for its combination of strong population density, high income levels and projected growth. We plan on making The Boulevard the premier downtown hub on the Hylan Boulevard commercial corridor.”

Matrix Global Logistic Park

Swedish home furnishing giant IKEA celebrated the grand opening of its Bloomfield customer fulfillment center this past February. The 975,000 square foot location supports delivery to many customers in New York City who are shopping either in store, at the IKEA Planning Studio or online. The new fulfillment center has created nearly 100 new jobs and will eventually have 500 workers when at full capacity. The facility also has a goal to complete 100 percent of shipments on electric vehicles by 2020.

The opening was the second major advancement at the Matrix Global Logistic Park, which became home to an 855,000 square foot Amazon Fulfillment Center in 2018. The site, which boasts as being located less than 20 miles from downtown Manhattan, still has room for two more warehouses. Matrix is currently negotiating with potential tenants to fill the space.

Lighthouse Point

A $250 million luxury apartment complex featuring both retail and office space and the “first true waterfront hotel in New York City,” has experienced plenty of construction delays since its groundbreaking in 2016, but still seems to be on track for a 2020 Phase Two Launch.

“Lighthouse Point has partnered with Starwood Hotels & Resorts to bring the first full-service, business-friendly upscale hotel to the Staten Island waterfront,” Triangle Equities, the project’s developer, notes on its website. “For guests coming to experience a weekend in NYC, corporations seeking an event location that is as beautiful and inspiring as it is convenient, or for a couple celebrating the beginning of their life together, the Westin New York Staten Island will provide a perfect destination.”

The 175-room hotel will feature an unobstructed bayfront location with views of the Manhattan skyline, New York Harbor, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Verrazano Bridge. Westin, which features more than 200 resorts and hotels globally, will bring the brand’s signature commitment to guests’ well-being. A rooftop pool, bar and lounge, terrace with outdoor dining, spa and fitness center and meeting, conference and event space will be among the hotel’s amenities. A signature restaurant will be located within one of the historic structures that formerly housed the US Lighthouse Depot.

Minthorne Street
When developers Gary and Sam Angiuli started to repurpose a 33,000 square foot warehouse style facility on Minthorne Street in 2006, critics of the project doubted that the father and son duo could turn their former auto service center into Staten Island’s next restaurant row. But after more than a decade of transformation, the small Tompkinsville side street is now bustling with activity.

Home to Flagship Brewery, DaddyO’s BBQ, O’Henry’s Publick House, Flour and Oak and Enrichmint, the collection of buildings spans a full city block and consists of all original concepts run by local operators. Inspiration Point, a 2,500-square-foot public recreation space modeled after Manhattan’s Bryant Park, was dedicated to the late Saverio “Sam” Anguili in June.

Arthur Kill Terminal

In 2017, elected officials scrapped plans for a 21-acre waterfront shopping center on the Arthur Kill tidal strait, but a new proposal for this land reared its head in January when Manhattan-based Atlantic Offshore Terminals (AOT) expressed interest in the property as a site for an offshore wind turbine assembly facility.

The proposed facility, currently dubbed Arthur Kill Terminal, would house a state-of-the-art port for wind turbine staging and assembly, which AOT says would have no impact on local roadways – which was the cause for Riverside Galleria’s ultimate demise.

If the project goes through, there is a promise of the creation of 1,000 jobs. Permits and a 19th century home that sits on the property are obstacles to AOT’s progress, but the home does not have landmarked status and planners have expressed that they are willing to work with the community to best preserve the site.