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Staten Island North Shore - Land Use & Transportation Study


Introduction   Strategies   Neighborhoods   Implementation

Download PDF Document Chapter 2: Capitalizing on the North Shore’s Assets

The North Shore has been defined by its major assets – the Kill Van Kull waterfront, deep-rooted neighborhoods and town centers, historic streets, and the former North Shore railroad right-of-way. North Shore 2030 aims to reconnect those assets and unlock the North Shore’s potential through the four strategies described below.

Asset: Kill Van Kull Waterfront

Create Quality Jobs and Workplaces

  • Maritime Industry
    Strengthen the maritime industry
    • Target appropriate areas for expansion and identify priority shoreline infrastructure improvements
    • Facilitate maritime development by continuing to work with state agencies to improve the permitting process
    • Work with education and local development partners to locate a maritime training facility

  • Support and grow industries and services
    • Encourage use of underutilized historic buildings
    • Work with industrial businesses to strengthen performance standards

Reconnect People with the Working Waterfront

  • Waterfront Parks
    Improve existing and create new public waterfront parks
    • North Shore Esplanade
    • Snug Harbor
    • Faber Park
    • Former Blissenbach Marina
    • Arlington and Mariners Marsh
    • Richmond Terrace Wetlands (Van Pelt/Van Name waterfront)

  • Evaluate use of street ends and transparent fencing for maritime overlooks

  • Coordinate with Community Board 1’s efforts to designate a North Shore multi-purpose pathway

Asset: Neighborhood Centers

Support and Create Neighborhood Choices
  • Neighborhoood Choices
    Create destinations at strategic locations, celebrating and reusing historic buildings and working with local arts and cultural organizations to activate spaces and attract visitors

  • Provide a more diverse mix of local retail and services with easy access to adjacent communities by recruiting and helping to site needed businesses such as grocery stores, restaurants, and clothing stores, and by improving parking options
  • Strengthen neighborhood character and housing options by reviewing current zoning to ensure that it reflects mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented character of historic centers and encourages appropriately scaled residential development

  • Protect neighborhood fabric by rezoning areas to reflect existing neighborhood character

  • Support remediation of brownfield sites by providing incentives for appropriate redevelopment

  • Leverage new development to improve sewer infrastructure, roads, and transit service in existing neighborhoods

Assets: Historic Street Grid and North Shore Railroad Right-of-Way

Improve Connections and Mobility

By targeting and coordinating improvements along the North Shore railroad right-of-way and key corridors, the following recommendations are designed to improve access to jobs and retail services, shorten travel times, support transit service and create a safer pedestrian environment.

  • Vehicular Connections
    Strengthen east-west vehicular connections
    • Strategically widen Richmond Terrace to provide turn lanes and sidewalks where possible
    • Make key intersection improvements to accommodate traffic and increase safety
    • Explore the installation of medians on Forest Avenue, where appropriate, to prevent illegal left turns

  • Increase safe pedestrian and bicycle connections
    • Upgrade sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and pedestrian crossings
    • Improve streetscape conditions along retail corridors,
    • Support North Shore greenway efforts with a pedestrian and bicycle loop
  • Transit Network
    Bolster the existing transit network
    • Incorporate the recommendations for improved transit options from MTA New York City Transit’s North Shore Alternatives Analysis
    • Use signal prioritization to improve bus traffic flow on the most heavily used routes
    • Develop underutilized sites near future transit hubs with park-and-rides and expanded residential and commercial uses
    • Coordinate improvements with Working West Shore 2030’s transit recommendations

  • Expand business opportunities along the railroad right-of-way
    • Expand freight rail service on the western end of the right-of-way
    • Relocate at-grade portions of the right-of-way to remove barriers from maritime job expansion

To view how these strategies will be implemented in neighborhood opportunity areas, please see the Neighborhoods page.

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