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Staten Island West Shore - Land Use & Transportation Study


Overview   Public Engagement   Advisory Committee

May 2010 Open Houses
Based on intensive public engagement and working partnerships with City and State agencies beginning in 2008, City Planning and the Economic Development Corporation crafted a framework for discussion. Three public meetings throughout the West Shore were held in May 2010 to present the draft framework, get feedback, and establish priorities for implementation. Participants at the meetings were broken into discussion groups. The groups, after discussing the proposal in detail, identified key priority actions that would be necessary to achieve a Working West Shore. Following is a summary of their suggested priority action items for implementation:

Quality Jobs
  • Craft an infrastructure and incentive package to attract employers to the West Shore, targeting job creation in the Bloomfield/Teleport area.
  • Streamline the permitting process to provide a more business-friendly environment.
Road Improvements
  • Short-term improvements
    • Provide synchronized lights
    • Install sidewalks
    • Make minor street improvements at Forest Avenue and Goethals Road North to relieve truck/local traffic conflicts
    • Widen Travis Avenue
    • Build Englewood Avenue
    • Widen Arthur Kill Road at the new MTA bus depot in Charleston
  • Widen the remainder of Arthur Kill Road throughout the study area
  • Provide exclusive truck ramps from the Goethals Bridge to industrial job centers
  • Extend Forest Avenue
  • Provide continuous West Shore Expressway service roads
Transit Improvements
  • Short-term improvements
    • o Reroute existing bus lines to provide better connections between existing neighborhoods and local job/shopping destinations (not just the State Island Ferry)
    • Encourage ridership by providing safer, passenger-friendly bus stops with sidewalks and seating
  • Create a multi-modal, regional network which connects local buses, express buses, and rail
  • Provide more park and rides
  • Relocate the Richmond Valley SIR station to Page Avenue
  • Provide a dedicated, express bus lane on the West Shore Expressway
Waterfront Improvements and Access
  • Short-term improvements
    • Clearly identify existing waterfront access points (signage, website)
    • Coordinate planning for the Arthur Kill with New Jersey agencies
  • Clean up the waterfront and the water for public access and maritime job creation
  • Activate the waterfront with diverse uses (parks, retail, housing)
  • Provide continuous public access along the Charleston waterfront
Vibrant Centers/Destinations
  • Encourage additional retail and office uses to bolster Bloomfield/Teleport as a job center
  • Encourage destination retail and entertainment on Forest Avenue, in Rossville, and in Charleston
  • Provide diverse housing options with close access to transit and services for seniors and young adults

PDF Document View the detailed notes from the discussion groups.

2008 Open House and Workshops
In 2008, the team held eight public open houses and workshops in West Shore neighborhoods to better understand the community’s needs and desires for their neighborhoods for the next 20 years. These public meetings helped to identify potential future land uses and infrastructure needed to address their concerns, and the ideas were incorporated into the draft framework presented in May 2010.

A public open house was held in March 2008 to kick-off the study.

Public Open House Presentation
View the Public Open House Presentation

The study area was divided into four areas based on land uses and geography. The following presentations were used at public workshops held in their respective neighborhoods.
Community Vision Workshop - Zone 1
View Zone 1 Arlington/Mariners Harbor Existing Conditions
Community Vision Workshop - Zone 2
View Zone 2 Bloomfield/Teleport Existing Conditions
Community Vision Workshop - Zone 3
View Zone 3 Travis/Freshkills Park Existing Conditions
Community Vision Workshop - Zone 4
View Zone 4 Charleston/Tottenville Existing Conditions

In order to determine the level of community support for future land uses and infrastructure needs, the workshops involved planning exercises in each of the West Shore neighborhoods. Playing cards were provided to community members noting a wide range of possible uses from large manufacturing, large retail buildings, small office buildings to different types of residential densities from single-family homes to apartments buildings. Public participants were asked to select appropriate land uses for several locations on maps of the West Shore to identify how the area may look in 2030. These maps were used to inform the project team in generating possible future scenarios for analyzing infrastructure needs.

Arlington/Bloomfield/Teleport Workshop, November 2008
Arlington/Bloomfield/Teleport Workshop, November 2008 - PDF Document View a larger image.
Charleston/Tottenville Workshop, November 2008
Charleston/Tottenville Workshop, November 2008 - PDF Document View a larger image.

A more detailed Existing Conditions Report and Market Analysis are available at


Overview   Public Engagement   Advisory Committee

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