Multimillion-Dollar SI Mall Expansion Plans Head to City Planning Commission for Vote
Lauren Elkies Schram June 30, 2015, noon
Plans to enlarge the 42-year-old Staten Island Mall by over 400,000 square feet will go before the City Planning Commission tomorrow for a vote.
General Growth Properties is seeking a zoning resolution to allow “a group parking facility which is accessory to an existing commercial development and proposed enlargement in connection with a proposed approximately 418,071-square-foot enlargement of an existing retail development located at 2655 Richmond Avenue,” according to tomorrow’s public calendar.
The vote comes on the heels of the city’s Department of City Planning environmental review process. On June 19, GGP received notice of completion of the environmental impact statement, or EIS, at the 1.2-million-square-foot mall at 2655 Richmond Avenue in Heartland Village, a GGP spokesman noted.
“The EIS identified significant traffic impacts for which the applicant proposed mitigation measures that were acceptable by [the Department of Transportation],” a spokesman for the Department of City Planning said.
The $180 million, S9 Architects-designed plans call for a a 50,000-square-foot Fairway Market, 33,665 square feet for restaurants, a 10,831-square-foot food court, 54,488-square-foot cinema, 75,000-square-foot expansion of the existing Macy’s department store, 88,007 square feet for non-department store retail and 73,377 for common space, according to documents Chicago-based GGP filed with the city. In addition, the developer wants to add a new parking structure which would reduce the number of parking spaces to 5,477 from the current 5,844-space parking capacity, amounting to a reduction of 367 spaces. The plans, which also include landscaping improvements throughout the site, require city approval because the project is on land currently used for accessory parking.
Construction is slated to begin following the approvals and will be completed by 2017, GGP said in a March press release, other than for Macy’s and its portion of the parking garage.
GGP declined to comment.