STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Development of affordable housing along the North Shore’s waterfront took another step Wednesday.
The city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) announced it had selected a proposal to bring 360 affordable apartments to the site of the former U.S. Navy Homeport in Stapleton.
HPD couldn’t yet say when they expect the Front Street project to be complete, but according to their Wednesday media release, the units will be reserved for some of the city’s lowest incomes, including 54 formerly homeless families.
“As a part of the Bay Street Corridor Neighborhood Plan, we worked closely with residents and EDC to envision new, high quality affordable housing that integrates resilient design, critical green space, and other neighborhood amenities,” HPD Commissioner Louise Carroll said.
Those amenities will include an ArchCare-operated health and social program for seniors, medical space for Richmond University Medical Center, and a YMCA of Staten Island counseling center. An adjacent site is also being considered for a future school.
City Councilwoman Debi Rose (D-North Shore) is set to leave office at the end of the year after three terms, and has long been a supporter of the Bay Street Corridor plan. She said the units of affordable housing are “desperately needed” on the North Shore.
“Building affordable housing on the North Shore has been one of my top priorities during my three terms on the City Council,” she said.
“What also makes this development noteworthy is the inclusion of a health center for seniors, space for Richmond University Medical Center and a counseling center for the local YMCA. This project exemplifies the envisioned future of the Bay Street Corridor.”
Approved in 2019, the corridor runs along Bay Street from Sands Street to Minthorne Street, but the neighborhood plan associated with it incorporates the surrounding neighborhoods, including Stapleton, Tompkinsville, and St. George.
Through $250 million in investment, the plan hopes to transform the area into a vibrant downtown district with new housing, business opportunities and public spaces.
City officials first sought proposals for the selected homeport development in December of last year. In addition to its amenities, the selected proposal also includes various environmental considerations given the waterfront location.
They include the placement of building entrances that decrease the need for deployable flood barriers, area landscaping that directs water away from the building, and building walls that the designers hope direct pedestrians to the waterfront.
Brooklyn-based Monadnock Construction, the Sisters of Charity Housing Development Corporation, and The Master Group submitted the winning proposal, and will receive design assistance from Bernheimer Architects and Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners.
Matthew T. Janeczko, executive director and CEO of the housing development corporation, thanked Rose and the city for supporting the project.
“Since its inception in 1987, the Sisters of Charity Housing Development Corporation has been committed to the construction of quality, affordable housing on Staten Island and beyond,” he said.
“Along with its public and private partners, SCHDC looks forward to the construction of the Stapleton project, which will forever transform the northern shore of Staten Island and cements SCHDC’s commitment to mission-driven, value-added housing for the local community,” Janeczko added.