The New York City Department of City Planning (DCP), together with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), and the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), is proposing a series of land use actions including zoning map amendments, zoning text amendments and a disposition of City-owned property to support the implementation of the Bay Street Corridor Neighborhood Plan. The Plan builds upon previous planning efforts to revitalize the North Shore of Staten Island and is the subject of an ongoing, comprehensive multi-year community engagement process. The Plan will generate new opportunities for affordable housing, establish Mandatory Inclusionary Housing, encourage retail development and improve public spaces and infrastructure by creating a vibrant, mixed-use walkable corridor that connects the surrounding communities. The zoning amendment is expected to result in approximately 1,800 new residential units, 275,000 square feet of commercial space and 45,000 square feet of community facility space. The rezoning and related actions seek to achieve the following objectives:
The Bay Street Corridor Neighborhood Plan calls for rezoning an approximately 14-block area along Bay Street bounded by Victory Boulevard to the north, Van Duzer Street to the west, SIR tracks to the east and Sands Street to the south, and the rezoning of the Canal Street Corridor, a two-block area along Canal Street located approximately four blocks southwest of the Bay Street Corridor. The Plan also calls for the disposition of City-owned property at 55 Stuyvesant Place to allow job creation, and an Urban Development Action Area Project approval to facilitate mixed-use redevelopment of city-owned property at 539 Jersey Street including affordable housing. The zoning text will be amended for the northern phase of the Stapleton Waterfront sites (subareas A and B1 of the Special Stapleton Waterfront District) to allow greater flexibility in building envelopes to enhance waterfront views and to create the Special Bay Street Corridor District. This new special district will tailor underlying use, setback, height, bulk, parking regulations, view corridors and street wall provisions. In total, the Plan encompasses the St George, Tompkinsville, and Stapleton Communities of Staten Island’s Community District 1.
This area of Staten Island developed primarily during periods of rapid growth in the 19th and 20th century, particularly due to construction of transit infrastructure during this period, including the St. George Ferry Terminal and the Verrazzano-Narrows bridge. The current land use pattern along the Bay Street corridor dates back to 1961, when the modern zoning resolution was adopted. The corridor is zoned M1-1, a manufacturing district that permits light manufacturing uses. Today, the Bay Street Corridor remains well-connected to transit, but contains few active manufacturing uses and serves as a barrier between St. George, Stapleton, upland communities and the waterfront. M1-1 zoning does not allow for mixed-use development or contribute to the overall goals of the Bay Street Corridor Plan, limiting the range of options for a pedestrian-friendly and walkable corridor.
The existing zoning within the proposed rezoning area is comprised of seven zoning districts:
The Bay Street Corridor Neighborhood Plan calls for the following land use actions:
Public review of the Bay Street Corridor Neighborhood Plan started on November 13, 2018. During the public review process (Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, or ULURP), the public has a chance to comment formally on the propose. The proposal will now be referred out to Staten Island Community Board 1 for 60 days to review and hold a public hearing, after which it will go to the Borough President, the City Planning Commission and the City Council.
|ULURP Milestone||Target Dates|
|Department of City Planning Certification||November 13, 2018 – View the presentation and press release.|
|Community Board 1 Hearing||January 8, 2019|
|Borough President Recommendation||February 21, 2019|
|City Planning Commission Hearing||February 27, 2019|
|City Planning Commission Vote - View the CPC Reports||April 22, 2019|
|City Council Hearing||May 14, 2019|
|City Council Approval With Modifications *||June 26, 2019|
* On June 11, 2019 the Land Use Committee of the City Council recommended modifications regarding the Bay Street Corridor Neighborhood Plan and related actions. The modifications to the above reference text amendment impact the action as follows: