The future began to look a lot brighter for the northern coast of Staten Island today when the City Planning Commission approved what will be the world’s largest Ferris wheel on the borough’s shores.
The Commission also signed off on an outlet mall to be built next to the 625-foot New York Wheel.Now, both projects have to pass one final hurdle: a City Council vote on October 30th. If plans get the OK there, construction on the developments will begin next year and they’ll open in 2016.
The $300 million New York Wheel and Empire Outlets began the Universal Land Use Review Procedure in May. The Brooklyn-based developer BFC Partners is behind the project, which will also bring a 100,000-square-foot visitors center and parking garage.