Staten Island‘s North Shore has been booming with new development over the past few years, with projects including a new outlet mall, a ferris wheel, and various other residential and hotel infill. The rest of the island has also been brimming with similar proposals, with the Staten Island Mall also set for a major expansion. Now, Charleston, on the southwest corner of the island, is about to receive a substantial retail upgrade of its own, with plans submitted for a massive new shopping center totaling almost 600,000 square feet, dubbed the Riverside Galleria, next to Arthur Kill Road and the Outer Bridge Crossing.
As described in zoning applications,
The project site would be redeveloped with a 589,619 gsf commercial center of up to three stories. The proposed project would contain 300,328 gsf of general retail uses, an 80,000-gsf supermarket, 53,770 gsf of restaurants, and a 55,000 gsf cinema (1,088 seats), with 1,721 accessory parking spaces.
Retail of this scope is rather uncommon for standalone developments in New York City, and besides comparisons like the Staten Island Mall’s rather ambitious expansion, there are few other examples of similar works in progress across the five boroughs, perhaps excepting Related’s retail podium spanning between the base of 10 and 30 Hudson Yards.
In the case of the Riverside Galleria, the project will be broken up through several different structures. The need for 1,721 parking spaces is due to a relative lack of transit, as the surrounding neighborhood is perhaps one of the least accessible of any in New York City by bus or train.
Despite the difficulties posed by the auto-centric surrounds, designers for the Galleria have incorporated several solutions for tentative walkability, primarily in the form of elevated sidewalks and walkways. As described in the application,
Pedestrian access into the proposed project would be provided with new sidewalks along Arthur Kill Road and Richmond Valley Road and also along the proposed private drives that are internal to the Project Site. Pedestrian access would be provided from these sidewalks to the proposed waterfront walkway (described below). Additionally, the Proposed Project includes elevated walkways connecting the commercial spaces on the second floor. Access to the second level of retail space fronting Richmond Valley Road would be provided from Arthur Kill Road via a shopping passage to be provided at the entry plaza to be located near the Cole House. The proposed commercial spaces along the westerly private drive would also have second-level pedestrian walkways connecting the retail establishments. This would include walkways parallel to the private drive with crossings over the private drive at various locations and linkages that would slope down to the waterfront walkway.
Construction on the project, pending approvals, is expected to begin in 2018, with completion currently anticipated for mid-2019. WF Liberty, LLC, is the site’s developer, and Studio V Architecture designed the plans.