While Staten Island is always expanding with more businesses popping up, there are a few big projects on the horizon.
- The Staten Island Mall should be completely finished this year with its 242,000 square-foot expansion on the Richmond Avenue side of the mall. However, a three-story parking garage adding 732 spaces is open while grand openings have already taken place for some of the new stores and restaurants. When completed, the renovations will feature 12 new dining options in the food court. Lastly, a large, centrally-located exterior plaza for community gatherings and seasonal events will be constructed.
- St. George is bustling with ongoing construction at Lighthouse Point — a $250 million, 115-unit luxury apartment complex that will include retail, office space and a Westin Hotel. A shared workspace provider, a fresh food market, an early education academy, and a restaurant are just some of the offerings.
- Amazon is one of the biggest companies in the world and it will be huge on Staten Island when its $100 million, 855,000-square-foot fulfillment center is expected to open in the fall. The new addition, located on the West Shore in Matrix Global Logistics Park, will create over 2,000 full-time jobs.
- The Empire Outlets will be the first designer outlet mall in New York City when it opens at the foot of the St. George Ferry Terminal this fall. If you’re looking to shop, you’ll be glad to know that the mall will feature approximately 100 shops plus a 190-room hotel with a rooftop lounge offering stellar views of New York City.
- The Hylan Shopping Plaza in New Dorp is a shell of its former self as developers broke ground last year on The Boulevard. The 356,000-square-foot shopping center will house 60 retailers in a multi-level setting. Construction is expected to be complete by fall 2019.
- The first of five stages making up the Staten Island branch of Broadway Stages film and television production studios was completed and has been ready for use since the winter. Construction at the facility, formerly home to the Arthur Kill Correctional Facility in Charleston, plans on revamping parts of the prison for additional sound stages.
- The Nicotra Group is keeping busy with its Corporate Commons Three 330,000-square-foot LEED-certified office building in Bloomfield. Expected to open next year, the structure will include a 40,000-square-foot organic rooftop farm, outdoor classrooms for the charter school, walking trails, and a vineyard that will grow grapes to donate to soup kitchens and food pantries on Staten Island.
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