New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) has awarded development contracts to Monadnock, Sisters of Charity Housing Development Corporation, and The Master Group to construct a new 100-percent affordable housing property in Stapleton, Staten Island. The development will create 360 new affordable homes with more than half designated for the formerly homeless, extremely low, and very low-income households.
Additional facilities will include a new medical space for Richmond University Medical Center and a counseling center for the YMCA of Staten Island. ArchCare will facilitate on-site health and social programming for seniors.
“Staten Island is one step closer to realizing the full vision of the Stapleton Waterfront,” said NYC EDC president and CEO Rachel Loeb. “For years, we have worked with our city, elected, and community partners to transform the former 35-acre U.S. Navy Homeport into a walkable, diverse, and resilient community. This development plan will add much-needed affordable housing and healthcare uses to an area that will soon include 12 acres of public open space and a bicycle-and-pedestrian connection to the St. George Ferry Terminal.”
Bernheimer Architecture served as architect of record and embraced a resilient design strategy to help protect the building from storm damage, rising tides, and increasing precipitation. This includes thoughtfully placed building entrances that decrease the need for deployable flood barriers and a sloped landscape that directs storm water into runoff diversion channels. To improve the building’s energy performance, the roof of the structure includes a solar array.
“Bernheimer Architecture is thrilled to be part of the design team for the Stapleton project and to participate in the continuing revitalization of the Staten Island waterfront,” said Andrew Bernheimer, founder and principal of Bernheimer Architecture. “The building is conceived as a focal point of both the local neighborhood and the broader waterscape of New York Harbor; it will be a resilient, healthy, and active structure supporting a diverse community.”
Stapleton Site A, the official name of the waterfront project site, measures 108,000 square feet and is currently vacant. The project aims to further the goals of the Bay Street Corridor Neighborhood Plan, a city-led initiative to generate new opportunities for affordable and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing, retail developments, public spaces, and infrastructure improvements. Through a series of zoning map and text amendments, the plan is expected to create approximately 1,800 new residential units, 275,000 square feet of commercial space, and 45,000 square feet of community facility space.
“Through the Bay Street Corridor Neighborhood Plan, we planned for and committed to a more affordable, resilient, and vibrant North Shore of Staten Island,” said Department of City Planning director Anita Laremont. “This next phase of development along the Stapleton waterfront is an example of promises kept, giving all New Yorkers an opportunity to join this growing community and to access the waterfront while also being protected from the impacts of climate change. It’s another wonderful example of our work towards a more equitable city for all.”