Gallery: Mayor Bloomberg Breaks Ground on Staten Island’s New Stapleton...

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and city officials broke ground yesterday on a $150 million project that will transform Staten Island’s former U.S. Homeport Naval Base (inoperative for over twenty years) into a 36-acre mixed-use waterfront community in the Stapleton neighborhood. The first phase of construction—led by Hoboken, New Jersey-based Ironstate Development—will feature LEED-certified residential and retail properties complete with 900 market-rate apartments, 30,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space and 600-parking spaces (did we mention there will be a Ferris Wheel as well?). Developers are hoping to attract young professionals to the area and enhance the quality of life for Staten Island residents with a planned series of walking paths, open lawns and landscaped green spaces as well as a new public boat launch for non-motorized boats.

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