New construction is suddenly booming on the North Shore of Staten Island, and today, YIMBY has the reveal for a six-story apartment building in the works at 12 Van Duzer Street in Tompkinsville, on the border with St. George.
The development, known as Pavilion Hill Terrace, will rise on a dramatically sloped lot at the corner of Victory Boulevard, St. Pauls Avenue, Montgomery Avenue, and Van Duzer Street. Ten rental apartments will be stacked on top of a 1,000-square-foot retail space and a little 300-square-foot community facility (likely a doctor’s office). They’ll be studios and one-bedrooms, with average units measuring 826 square feet.
Residents will have nice views of the harbor, and they’ll have access to laundry in the cellar and bike storage on the first floor.
Developer George Christo, who runs Door to Door Realty, told YIMBY that the building will feature a green roof, energy efficient electric heating, and a rain water collection system. The property sits in the Hillside Preservation District, which means Door to Door had to secure special permits from City Planning in order to build there. He added that the hillside drops 120 feet, but the building will only reach 60 feet into the air, so it will “fit within the topography of the area.”
Christo, who has been developing homes and small buildings in the neighborhood since 2001, said he’s excited about how the area is improving and supports the administration’s plan to build affordable housing along Bay Street.
“You’re starting to see more merchants involved in the gentrification of the community,” he said. “People are opening up their windows, now when you drive by the area, you’re starting to see more people, more traffic, the vibrancy is starting to come through.”
St. George-based Vengoechea + Boyland Architecture/Urban Planning are designing 12 Van Duzer Street.
Just south of here in Stapleton, Ironstate is building the first phase of URL Staten Island, a big residential development that will include 900 apartments and 35,000 square feet of retail. And BFC Partners is trying to secure city approvals for a 214-unit building next door at 475 Bay Street.
Meanwhile, two big mixed-use projects are slowly inching toward reality on either side of the ferry terminal in St. George. Empire Outlets is set to become New York City’s first outlet mall, with 340,000 square feet of retail and a 190-room hotel. And Lighthouse Point – which will include 110 apartments, shops and the restoration of the historic Lighthouse Depot buildings – is on pause while developers wait for the state to approve $16.5 million in subsidies, Politico New York reported earlier this month.
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