Staten Island may be New York City’s slowest-growing borough, but its two most accessible neighborhoods, Stapleton and St. George, are getting thousands of new apartments in the next few years.
And now another development is about to join the residential boom in Stapleton. Applications were filed yesterday for a seven-story mixed-use building at 41 Prospect Street, on the corner of Bay Street. The 69-foot-tall project would rise only two blocks from the Stapleton stop on the Staten Island Railway, making it ideal for young professionals who want to move to Staten Island without owning a car.
The project is technically a five-story addition to a two-story commercial building. Since it’s such a big expansion, the developer had to file it as a new building. And he’ll need a variance from the city in order to build beyond what the zoning code typically allows.
The project’s 42 apartments would be spread across 42,425 square feet of residential space, for relatively spacious average units measuring 1,010 square feet. The first floor would hold 5,700 square feet of commercial space and three apartments, followed by seven units on the second floor, 10 units each on the third and fourth, nine units on the fifth floor, four units on the sixth and two units on the seventh floor.
The development will also have parking for 22 cars on the first and second levels, which is the minimum required by the zoning code.
Alex Levin, who heads Staten Island-based Epsilon Enterprises Realty, is the developer, and he’s hired Sheepshead Bay-based Corporate Design of America to handle the architecture.
The property sits just outside the city’s planned Bay Street rezoning area, where the Department of City Planning will switch the zoning from M-1, which only allows manufacturing, to some kind of mixed-use residential zoning with affordable housing requirements.
A block north on Bay Street, BFC Partners is developing a 214-unit rental project, and Ironstate Development is pushing forward with construction on URL Staten Island on a former naval base on the Stapleton waterfront.