Planning Comm. OKs $63M affordable housing dev.

BFC Partners’ proposal calls for 160 co-op units. On February 13, 2008, the Planning Commission approved an application to construct a housing project in the Stapleton neighborhood of Staten Island. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development submitted the application on behalf of developer BFC Partners. The application calls for two, five-story, mixed-use buildings with 160 residential units to be located just west of the area that the New York City Economic Development Corporation plans to revitalize with a waterfront esplanade, hotel, and sports complex, and residential and retail space. 3 CityLand 149 (Nov. 15, 2006). Currently, the 75,619-square-foot site is occupied by a 128-space municipal parking lot and a one-story commercial building.

Under the proposal, BFC would build the development in two phases: the first phase would yield 90 residential units and 9,500 sq.ft. of ground-floor retail, the second phase 70 residential units and 6,300 sq.ft. of ground-floor retail. BFC would make all of the residential units affordable by taking advantage of New York City Housing Development Corporation financial incentives.

The proposal also calls for 208 parking spaces to replace the existing municipal lot: 156 spaces for the proposed development’s residents, and 52 accessory spaces for the patrons of the proposed ground-floor retail.

According to the Commission, the project would eliminate the existing lot’s “blighting influence” on the neighborhood and complement ongoing public and private redevelopment efforts in the Stapleton area, such as the widening of Bay Street. Because the Commission was concerned that the Bay Street project could conflict with the placement of the planned parking spaces, it modified the proposal to prohibit any spaces to be located along the Bay Street frontage. Further, the Commission required at least 52 of the total spaces be open for use by the public.

The Commission voted unanimously to approve the modified proposal on February 13, 2008, sending it to the City Council for its review.

Review Process:
Lead Agency: HPD, Neg.
Dec. Comm. Bd.: SI 1, App’d, 27-8-0
Boro. Pres.: App’d
CPC: App’d, 13-0-0
Council: Pending

CPC: Stapleton Court, Staten Island (C080091HAR)(Feb. 13, 2008).

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