Thursday, June 30, 2016

Another New Retail Mall Planned for Staten Island Waterfront

In the shadow of the Outerbridge Crossing on Staten Island’s West Shore, Melohn Properties is preparing to build a large scale retail mall alongside Arthur Kill Road.

The Riverside Galleria will connect 460,000 square feet of retail, including a multiplex cinema and restaurants, and cafes with outdoor terraces, to High Line–like bridges that direct visitors in front of stores and toward a waterfront promenade, a public park and a beach.

The complex will occupy 22 acres along the banks of the Arthur Kill, separating Staten Island and New Jersey.

Riverside Galleria is located in the Special South Richmond Development District, a special zoning overlay district designed to protect natural features, topography and aesthetics of less developed neighborhoods.

The project’s design respects the environmental sensitivities of the area by preserving natural buffers and incorporating sustainable components such as green roofs on buildings.

The complex will include:
• Major Retail Stores
• Restaurants and Cafes with Outdoor Terraces
• The Atrium - a dine-in multiplex cinema with luxury seating and rooftop bar
• Waterfront Park
• Wetland and Nature Preserve
• Interpretative Walkway Highlighting Historic and Natural Elements
• New Road and Pedestrian Connection to Water
The Riverside Galleria will provide indoor parking for more than 1,700 vehicles.

Studio V Architecture has designed a park within the parking garage. They cut out retail above it and will have trees and greenery that will grow up from underneath in the parking through the first level of retail up into the center court.

Resiliency too has been factored into the design, especially with the center court area. The Center Court will span from the lowest parking level to the street level to the upper level.

It will be landscaped and will be part of the site’s storm water strategy, helping collect water and heavy rains, and bring that back to the landscape in a very controlled manner.

Additionally, ten acres of wetland area will be preserved to act as a natural barrier, while esplanades will join observation areas where the public can look over the wetlands.

The waterfront aspect is one of the most exciting aspects of the project. In an area called the Beach, you can get down to the water itself, or sit on an overlook deck with stunning views of the waterfront.

Riverside Galleria is a project by Melohn Properties, a major privately-held real estate company active in the New York metropolitan area. The Melohn family owns in excess of 1,000,000 square feet of commercial space, residential properties and retail projects throughout the country.

The developer plans to ground to break next year with the project being fully completed in 2019.

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