STATEN ISLAND, NY – After River North – a project that will bring the tallest residential developments in Staten Island history to the St. George waterfront – received City Planning Commission (CPC) approval earlier This month, city council will have the final deciding vote.
A virtual city council public hearing on the project, which will have 750 apartments in three buildings – the tallest at 26 floors, another at 25 floors and the smallest at 11 floors – will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday.
Earlier this month, the CPC voted to approve the zoning changes that developers, Manhattan-based Madison Realty Capital, needed to move forward with the three-building project.
Madison Realty Capital is asking the city to approve a zoning map change for a long-vacant two-acre site in Richmond Terrace in Stuyvesant Place that would remove the area from the Special Hillsides Preservation District and the Special St. George District. Rezoning would require the area to be mapped to a higher density area, R7-3, to allow for taller buildings.
The site has gone through the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) process, which requires a multitude of reviews, including those from Community Council 1, City Council and Town Planning. Community Council 1 previously voted against the proposal.
The current zoning limits the height of buildings to 34 feet, but the new zoning will allow buildings to be constructed above 250 feet. In addition, the CPC approved the proponents’ request for modifications to the St. George Special District and the Special Hill Preservation District to enable the project.
For the next steps in the ULURP process, developers will need to get approval from city council.
If the city council votes against the proposal, the developer will not be able to go ahead with the plans as they are currently proposed.
âWe look forward to presenting to City Council and discussing the merits of the River North Project,â said Zachary Kadden, Director of Development, Madison Realty Capital: âThis will benefit both the local community and the city as a together with essential stable and affordable housing, new and permanent jobs and economic development through increased opportunities for small businesses and open public spaces. We are convinced that it will become a real strength of the North Shore.
BP ODDO INVITES RESIDENTS TO weigh
For Borough President James Oddo, the CCP’s approval of the zoning changes marked a betrayal. The outgoing borough president, a longtime opponent of massive development with no infrastructure additions needed, had expressed support for smaller development at the site.
âWe’ve already seen how much City Planning cares about Staten Islanders’ opposition to the introduction of high density R-7 + zoning on Staten Island. We hope that the city council will not ignore them either, âsaid Oddo. âThis hearing is an opportunity for residents to speak directly to City Council about the absurd idea of ââdropping a 26-storey apartment building with 25 one on a small lot in St. George. It will change Staten Island forever. If you don’t agree, let them know. This is our last chance.
Those who wish to register for the public hearing can do so here: https://council.nyc.gov/land-use/. Written evidence can be submitted up to 72 hours after adjournment of the hearing to [email protected]
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