Revealed: 12 Van Duzer Street, Tompkinsville, Staten Island

12 Van Duzer Street, rendering via Door to Door Realty12 Van Duzer Street, rendering via Door to Door Realty

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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6 Comments on "Revealed: 12 Van Duzer Street, Tompkinsville, Staten Island"

  1. staten islander | December 28, 2015 at 4:43 pm |

    I wish them luck up there but that neighborhood is still unsafe. No parking requirement?

    • Rebecca Baird-Remba | December 28, 2015 at 9:58 pm |

      No parking is on the permits! He needed a special permit to build on the property (and the special permits are designed to discourage people from excavating into the hillside, which would certainly make it hard to dig out a garage), so I expect DCP gave him a parking waiver.

      • staten islander | December 29, 2015 at 8:28 am |

        10 apartments will mean between 15 and 20 cars. I guess there’s enough on-street parking on/near Van Duzer for that. But that’s not the kind of neighborhood where you want to park a nice car out on the street.

  2. “Staten Islander”, you sound like you’re from the South shore – and thus unfamiliar with the transformation taking place along St.Geoge and Stapleton, I happen to live in the area – and we park both our “nice” cars on the street – as do our neighbors. No break-ins. And certainly none of the vandalism that we often hear about that is happening in south shore neighborhoods. As for parking and apartments – the area is now attracting quite a few young people and commuters who don’t all necessarily have (or want) cars. If you were familiar with the area, you would certainly understand that 10 apartments will definitely not yield 15 to 20 cars. Again, that’s south shore behavior, not north.

    • staten islander | December 29, 2015 at 2:21 pm |

      East Shore (New Dorp/Oakwood) actually. I figured one car per apartment with some having 2 cars. Still need a car up there if you want to go to the mall, visit off-island, or eat out in another part of the Island. (At least we don’t have ASP). I do know about the urban pioneers buying and fixing up old homes in your area. That’s great news for all of S.I. A friend’s daughter bought a home in SG and is fixing it up. She did install a security camera system though. But I’ll stay down here in the precinct with the lowest crime in all of NYC.

  3. Aldo Campaniolo | December 30, 2015 at 11:34 am |

    Hi George;
    We are building a couple of these boutique buildings in Jersey City and Brooklyn that have met our budget. Give me a call at 732-778-6262 so I may be able to assist you in putting the right team for you. Or, please send me you drawing so I can bid the project. Thanks
    Aldo Campaniolo, Construct VP /Business Developer
    Consolidated Construction Solutions, LLC

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