4th Edition of Opportunity SI magazine
Check out SIEDC's 4th edition of Opportunity Staten Island magazine, which focuses on available, developable properties.
TABLE OF CONTENTS Section 1 - Available & Developable Properties on Staten Island • Top 20 Industrial and Commercial Properties.................. 4 • Additional Properties for Consideration ..........................20 Section 2 - Industrial & Commercial Developments • Recent and Planned Industrial & Commercial Developments for Staten Island........................................30 Section 3 - The Green Movement • The Birth of the Green Zone............................................44 • Green Businesses & Projects.............................................50 • River Road ........................................................................60 Section 4 - Demographics, Incentives and Benefits • Demographics/Statistics....................................................62 • Industrial & Commercial Services....................................71 • Utility Incentives and Contacts .......................................73 • City & State Incentives ....................................................75 • SIEDC’s West Shore Brownﬁeld Opportunity Area.........78 • Brownﬁeld Incentives ......................................................79 • NYC Business Solutions Industrial Services.....................82 Section 5 - About SIEDC Credits PUBLISHER: SIEDC GRAPHIC DESIGN: DJA Graphic Services EDITOR: Nancy Pouch COVER DESIGN & ILLUSTRATION: Chris “Nipz” Spinella PRINTER: North American D.F., Inc. CONTRIBUTING SIEDC STAFF: Cesar J. Claro, President & CEO Laura Liberto, Senior Vice-President Jay Anderson, Director of Projects Alex Porto, Director of Membership & Outreach Christine Colella, Graphic Designer P: 718.477.1400 • F: 718.477.0681 900 South Avenue, Suite 402 Staten Island, NY 10314 Copyright 2012 SIEDC. All rights reserved. Material in this publication must not be stored or reproduced in any form without written consent. Requests for reproduction may be made to email@example.com. Neither the publishers nor the advertisers will be held liable for any errors that appear in this magazine. • Overview of Programs, Projects, Events, Development & Membership ...........................................84 This publication was printed on recycled paper. 2 TABLE OF CONTENTS Presented by AVAILABLE & DEVELOPABLE PROPERTIES ON STATEN ISLAND Section 1 TOP 20 INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES The key to any type of development is available land on which to build. To assess possible future construction in the borough, Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) posed the question, “What is a truly developable property?” Using Geographic Information System (GIS) software and a scale of measureable attributes to evaluate sites, the SIEDC developed a list of Staten Island’s “Top 20” industrial and commercial properties. SIEDC began the evaluation process with approximately 30,000 acres of land on Staten Island and then began to eliminate parcels based on zoning categories. Residential zones were removed, followed by parkland. Next, sites affected by wetlands and other obstacles were eliminated. Finally, sites that are active, operating, and not for sale were removed. This left 1,100 acres of private and public industrial and commercial land which is currently vacant or underutilized land for review. programs. SIEDC has received permission from the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to market a vacant, city-owned three acre site in the Bloomfield section called “River Road”. Bids have been received and SIEDC is hopeful that NYCEDC will release an RFP for the site and allow a business to develop the location. SIEDC has also initiated plans for the relocation of its home office to the Teleport, where over 27 acres of vacant cityowned land are prime for development. Finally, SIEDC has launched a new membership level, the Land and Buildings Council, which will allow property owners of the top industrial and commercial sites to work together for overall development. These properties were analyzed one-by-one, according to the parameters which were established by SIEDC, and were determined to be top properties based on their size, lack of wetlands and contamination, adequate truck access, proper zoning, access to utilities and no financial or ownership issues. There are 20 industrial and commercial properties representing 94.29 acres and 216,327 square feet of building space that are considered to be top properties. These properties are profiled in the pages that follow. SIEDC has taken the lead in developing and marketing vacant properties through specific Aerial view of one of the top properties. SIEDC has performed a significant amount of work to further property marketing and development on Staten Island – but more can always be done. SIEDC encourages property owners, developers, and realtors to recommend industrial and commercial properties to SIEDC for analysis and potential marketing and to join the Land and Buildings Council. 4 AVAILABLE & DEVELOPABLE PROPERTIES ON STATEN ISLAND TOP 20 STATEN ISLAND PROPERTIES 1 20 Lot 12 - Water Street 1900 South Avenue 2 13 9 17 19 8 19 20 501 Industry Road 3 18 6 1 3 2 364 Meredith Avenue Complex 4 226 Pulaski Avenue Lot 505 - Industrial Loop 7 4 17 55 LaSalle Street Showplace Plaza 16 5 101 Ellis Street A 6 11 10 15 16 12 1814 2917 Arthur Kill Road 15 5 Lot 50 - Sharrotts Road 219-295 Chelsea Road 7 14 4465 Arthur Kill Road 414 Spencer Street 8 13 2604 Richmond Terrace 1390 Richmond Terrace 9 2828 Gulf Avenue 10 2777 Arthur Kill Road This symbol represents properties located in the Staten Island Green Zone 11 100 Winant Place 12 654 Sharrots Road Property #1 1900 South Avenue Vanbro Address Neighborhood ZIP Code Acres/Building Square Footage Block/Lot Zoning Current Use Sale/Lease/Rent Cost Per Square Foot Distance to Transit/Highway Concrete & Asphalt Plant Sewer/Septic/None Electric Truck Access Parking Gas Running Water Taxes Lot Size Lot Dimensions Asking Price 650â€™ Dock Facility & Rail line 1900 South Avenue Chelsea 10314 53/20,000 Sq. Ft. 1801/35, 75, 160 M3-1 Industrial Sale or Lease Dependent on Parcel .1 Mi/.2 Mi Access to Arthur Kill Septic Yes Yes Yes/Dependent on Structure Yes Yes $311,000 2,308,680 Sq. Ft. Irregular Dependent on Parcel 5 Megawatt Generator Address Neighborhood ZIP Code Acres/Building Square Footage Block/Lot Zoning Current Use Sale/Lease/Rent Cost Per Square Foot Distance to Transit/Highway Sewer/Septic/None Electric Truck Access Parking Gas Running Water Taxes Lot Size Lot Dimensions Asking Price 501 Industry Road Chelsea 10314 8.5/35,770 Sq. Ft. 1801/150 & 155 M2-1 Vacant Sale Accepting Offers .1 Mi/.2 Mi Septic Accessible Yes Yes/30 Accessible Accessible $143,000 371,600 Sq. Ft. Irregular Accepting Offers Property #2 501 Industry Road 6 AVAILABLE & DEVELOPABLE PROPERTIES ON STATEN ISLAND Property #3 364 Meredith Avenue Complex Address Neighborhood ZIP Code Acres/Building Square Footage Block/Lot Zoning Current Use Sale/Lease/Rent Cost Per Square Foot Distance to Transit/Highway Sewer/Septic/None Electric Truck Access Parking Gas Running Water Taxes Lot Size Lot Dimensions Asking Price 364 Meredith Avenue Chelsea 10314 .9/26,300 Sq. Ft. 2810/96, 98, 102 M3-1 Industrial Sale or Lease Dependent on Parcel .1 Mi/.2 Mi Septic Yes Yes Yes/Dependent on Structure Yes Yes $7,000 40,509 Sq. Ft. Irregular Dependent on Parcel Address Neighborhood ZIP Code Acres/ Building Square Footage Block/Lot Zoning Current Use Sale/Lease/Rent Cost Per Square Foot Distance to Transit/Highway Sewer/Septic/None Electric Truck Access Parking Gas Running Water Taxes Lot Size Lot Dimensions Asking Price 141 E. Service Road Travis 10314 3.43/70,000 Sq. Ft. 2638/60 M1-1 Vacant Sale $93 .1 Mi/.2 Mi Sewer Yes Yes Yes/ 50+ Spaces Yes Yes $375,000 149,802 Sq. Ft. 310 x 730 $14,000,000 Property #4 Showplace Plaza 8 AVAILABLE & DEVELOPABLE PROPERTIES ON STATEN ISLAND Property #5 101 Ellis Street A Address Neighborhood ZIP Code Acres/Building Square Footage Block/Lot Zoning Current Use Sale/Lease/Rent Cost Per Square Foot Distance to Transit/Highway Sewer/Septic/None Electric Truck Access Parking Gas Running Water Taxes Lot Size Lot Dimensions Asking Price 101 Ellis Street (A) Richmond Valley 10307 1.37/No Structure 7991/101 M3-1 Vacant Sale $36 .1 Mi/1 Mi Septic Yes Yes Yes/30 Spaces Yes Yes $14,000 (Abated) 60,000 Sq. Ft. 200 x 300 $2,200,000 Property #6 219-295 Chelsea Road Address Neighborhood ZIP Code Acres/Building Square Footage Block/Lot Zoning Current Use Sale/Lease/Rent Cost Per Square Foot Distance to Transit/Highway Sewer/Septic/None Electric Truck Access Parking Gas Running Water Taxes Lot Size Lot Dimensions Asking Price 291-295 Chelsea Road Bloomfield 10314 1.8/2,100 Sq. Ft. 1815/160 M3-1 Industrial/Transportation Sale $35 1.1/1 Septic Yes Yes Yes/Dependent on Structure Yes Yes $175,950 80,000 Sq. Ft. 278 x 421 $2,800,000 AVAILABLE & DEVELOPABLE PROPERTIES ON STATEN ISLAND 9 Property #7 414 Spencer Street Address Neighborhood ZIP Code Acres/Building Square Footage Block/Lot Zoning Current Use Sale/Lease/Rent Cost Per Square Foot Distance to Transit/Highway Sewer/Septic/None Electric Truck Access Parking Gas Running Water Taxes Lot Size Lot Dimensions Asking Price 414 Spencer Street Chelsea 10314 .45/3,000 1801/30 M3-1 Warehouse/Office Sale $60 .1 Mi/.2 Mi Septic Yes Yes Yes/ 25 Spaces Yes Yes $9,000 19,900 Sq. Ft. 100 x 199 $1,200,000 Address Neighborhood ZIP Code Acres/ Building Square Footage Block/Lot Zoning Current Use Sale/Lease/Rent Cost Per Square Foot Distance to Transit/Highway Sewer/Septic/None Electric Truck Access Parking Gas Running Water Taxes Lot Size Lot Dimensions Asking Price 1390 Richmond Terrace West Brighton 10310 .49/20,500 Sq. Ft. 158/6 C2-2/R3-1 Vacant Lease $15 .2 Mi/2.3 Mi Sewer Yes Yes Yes/ 35 Spaces Yes Accessible $19,000 21,445 Sq. Ft. 107 x 244 $76,875 annually per floor Property #8 1390 Richmond Terrace 10 AVAILABLE & DEVELOPABLE PROPERTIES ON STATEN ISLAND Property #9 2828 Gulf Avenue Address Neighborhood ZIP Code Acres/Building Square Footage Block/Lot Zoning Current Use Sale/Lease/Rent Cost Per Square Foot Distance to Transit/Highway Sewer/Septic/None Electric Truck Access Parking Gas Running Water Taxes Lot Size Lot Dimensions Asking Price 2828 Gulf Avenue Bloomfield 10303 4/3,000 Sq. Ft. 1855/9 M2-1, M1-1 Vacant Sale Accepting Offers 1 Mi/.1Mi Septic Yes Yes Yes/5 Existing + Build Out No Yes $20,000 176,502 Sq. Ft. Irregular Accepting Offers Address Neighborhood ZIP Code Acres/Building Square Footage Block/Lot Zoning Current Use Sale/Lease/Rent Cost Per Square Foot Distance to Transit/Highway Sewer/Septic/None Electric Truck Access Parking Gas Running Water Taxes Lot Size Lot Dimensions Asking Price 2777 Arthur Kill Road Rossville 10309 8/3,205 Sq. Ft 7167/72 & 95 M3-1, M2-1 Transportation & Utility Sale $30 .07 Mi/.25 Mi Sewer Yes Yes Yes/40 Spaces Yes Yes $68,000 350,000 Sq. Ft. 507 x 582 $10,500,000 Property #10 2777 Arthur Kill Road 12 AVAILABLE & DEVELOPABLE PROPERTIES ON STATEN ISLAND Property #11 100 Winant Place Address Neighborhood ZIP Code Acres/Building Square Footage Block/Lot Zoning Current Use Sale/Lease/Rent Cost Per Square Foot Distance to Transit/Highway Sewer/Septic/None Electric Truck Access Parking Gas Running Water Taxes Lot Size Lot Dimensions Asking Price 100 Winant Place Charleston 10309 .96/No Structure 7408/44 M1-1 Vacant Land Lease Accepting Offers .3 Mi/1.35 Mi Septic Yes Yes Yes/ 15 Spaces Accessible Accessible $18,000 42,241 Sq. Ft. 136 x 320 Accepting Offers Property #12 654 Sharrots Road Address Neighborhood ZIP Code Acres/ Building Square Footage Block/Lot Zoning Current Use Sale/Lease/Rent Cost Per Square Foot Distance to Transit/Highway Sewer/Septic/None Electric Truck Access Parking Gas Running Water Taxes Lot Size Lot Dimensions Asking Price 654 Sharrotts Road Charleston 10309 .71/8,802 Sq. Ft. 7400/58 M1-1 Warehouse & Office Sale Accepting Offers .2 Mi/1.5 Mi Septic Yes Yes Yes/ 20 Spaces Accessible Accessible $37,000 31,000 Sq. Ft. 141 x 223 Accepting Offers AVAILABLE & DEVELOPABLE PROPERTIES ON STATEN ISLAND 13 Property #13 2604 Richmond Terrace Address Neighborhood ZIP Code Acres/Building Square Footage Block/Lot Zoning Current Use Sale/Lease/Rent Cost Per Square Foot Distance to Transit/Highway Sewer/Septic/None Electric Truck Access Parking Gas Running Water Taxes Lot Size Lot Dimensions Asking Price 2604 Richmond Terrace Mariners Harbor 10303 1/4,000 Sq. Ft. 1151/27 M3-1 Industrial Sale $57 .1 Mi/.6 Mi Sewer Yes Yes Yes/40 Spaces Yes Yes $15,000 43,666 Sq. Ft. 150 x 505 $2,500,000 Address Neighborhood ZIP Code Acres/Building Square Footage Block/Lot Zoning Current Use Sale/Lease/Rent Cost Per Square Foot Distance to Transit/Highway Sewer/Septic/None Electric Truck Access Parking Gas Running Water Taxes Lot Size Lot Dimensions Asking Price 4465 Arthur Kill Road Charleston 10309 2.9/10,500 Sq. Ft. 7590/64 M1-1 Commercial Sale $35 .2 Mi/1.5 Mi Septic Yes Yes Yes/20 Spaces Yes Yes $32,000 126,888 Sq. Ft. 550 x 392 $4,500,000 Property #14 4465 Arthur Kill Road 14 AVAILABLE & DEVELOPABLE PROPERTIES ON STATEN ISLAND Property #15 Lot 50 - Sharrotts Road Address Neighborhood ZIP Code Acres/Building Square Footage Block/Lot Zoning Current Use Sale/Lease/Rent Cost Per Square Foot Distance to Transit/Highway Sewer/Septic/None Electric Truck Access Parking Gas Running Water Taxes Lot Size Lot Dimensions Asking Price Lot 50â€”Sharrotts Road Charleston 10309 1.6/No Structure 7400/50 M1-1 Vacant Sale $28 .04 Mi/.75 Mi Septic Accessible Yes Yes/15 Spaces Accessible Accessible $51,000 68,000 Sq. Ft. 443 x 182 $1,900,000 Address Neighborhood ZIP Code Acres/Building Square Footage Block/Lot Zoning Current Use Sale/Lease/Rent Cost Per Square Foot Distance to Transit/Highway Sewer/Septic/None Electric Truck Access Parking Gas Running Water Taxes Lot Size Lot Dimensions Asking Price 2917 Arthur Kill Road Charleston 10309 1.15/10,000 Sq. Ft. 7206/235 & 225 M3-1 Manufacturing Sale $39.50 .2 Mi/.1 Mi Septic Yes Yes Yes/75 Yes Yes $31,000 50,000 Sq. Ft. (26K & 24K) 305 x 120 $1,975,000 Property #16 2917 Arthur Kill Road 16 AVAILABLE & DEVELOPABLE PROPERTIES ON STATEN ISLAND Property #17 55 LaSalle Street Address Neighborhood ZIP Code Acres/Building Square Footage Block/Lot Zoning Current Use Sale/Lease/Rent Cost Per Square Foot Distance to Transit/Highway Sewer/Septic/None Electric Truck Access Parking Gas Running Water Taxes Lot Size Lot Dimensions Asking Price 55 LaSalle Street Mariners Harbor 10303 .9/20,000 Sq. Ft. 1150/1 M3-1 Manufacturing Sale $42 .2 Mi/1 Mi Sewer Yes Yes Yes/30 Spaces Yes Yes $28,000 40,000 Sq. Ft. 325 x 200 $1,699,000 Property #18 Lot 505 - Industrial Loop Address Neighborhood ZIP Code Acres/Building Square Footage Block/Lot Zoning Current Use Sale/Lease/Rent Cost Per Square Foot Distance to Transit/Highway Sewer/Septic/None Electric Truck Access Parking Gas Running Water Taxes Lot Size Lot Dimensions Asking Price Lot 505â€”Industrial Loop Charleston 10309 3.9/No Structure 7206/505 M3-1 Vacant Lease Accepting Offers .5 Mi/1.5 Mi Septic Accessible Yes Yes/Dependent on Structure Accessible Accessible $9,000 443,375 Sq. Ft. 525 x 90 (Irregular) Accepting Offers AVAILABLE & DEVELOPABLE PROPERTIES ON STATEN ISLAND 17 Property #19 226 Pulaski Avenue Address Neighborhood ZIP Code Acres/Building Square Footage Block/Lot Zoning Current Use Sale/Lease/Rent Cost Per Square Foot Distance to Transit/Highway Sewer/Septic/None Electric Truck Access Parking Gas Running Water Taxes Lot Size Lot Dimensions Asking Price 226 Pulaski Avenue Elm Park 10303 .6/No Structure 1155/170, 173, 176, 178, 200 M3-1 Vacant Sale $48 .2 Mi/.1 Mi Sewer Yes Yes Yes/Dependent on Structure Yes Yes $16,000 25,000 Sq. Ft. 160 x 155 $1,200,000 Address Neighborhood ZIP Code Acres/Building Square Footage Block/Lot Zoning Current Use Sale/Lease/Rent Cost Per Square Foot Distance to Transit/Highway Sewer/Septic/None Electric Truck Access Parking Gas Running Water Taxes Lot Size Lot Dimensions Asking Price Lot 12â€”Water Street Stapleton 10304 .5/No Structure 493/12 C4-2A Vacant Sale $634 .5 Mi/3 Mi Sewer Available Yes Yes/Dependent on Structure Available Available $19,000 23,625 Sq. Ft. 175 x 135 $15,000,000 Property #20 Lot 12 - Water Street 18 AVAILABLE & DEVELOPABLE PROPERTIES ON STATEN ISLAND AVAILABLE & DEVELOPABLE PROPERTIES ON STATEN ISLAND ADDITIONAL PROPERTIES FOR CONSIDERATION While SIEDC has completed a list of the top 20 industrial and commercial sites in the borough, there are an additional 25 which represent excellent development opportunities as well. These range from vast tracts of vacant land to smaller industrial parks with strategic locations along waterfronts or rail lines. Additionally, public sites such as 2629 Arthur Kill Road, the Teleport, and River Road are prime parcels for development. 1. Address: 4169-4213 & 4231-4233 Arthur Kill Road & 4074 Ellis Road Neighborhood: Rossville Block & Lot: 7385/1, 25, 28, 236, 275, 300 Size: 57 Acres (33 Buildable) Current Use: Vacant/Industrial Zoning: M3-1, Special Richmond District Site Information: The site consists of approximately 57 acres of waterfront property on Arthur Kill Road bounded by Ellis and Sharrotts Roads. The property has 1,200 feet of frontage on Arthur Kill Road and is ideal for retail, manufacturing, warehouse and storage facilities, and maritime uses. 2. Address: 2629 Arthur Kill Road Neighborhood: Rossville Block & Lot: 7162/100 Size: 33 Acres Current Use: Partially Occupied/Mostly Vacant Zoning: M3-1 Site Information: The site has been the subject of an RFP released by the City of New York. The site is the largest New York City-owned property available for maritime development. The siteâ€™s approximately 2000 linear feet of shoreline along the Arthur Kill and its easy access to a highway are a major asset. 3. Address: Teleport III, VI, VIII Neighborhood: Travis/Bloomfield Block & Lot: 2165/60, 75, 90, 120 (3 separate sites within 1 complex) Size: 27.4 Acres (3 sites combined) Current Use: Vacant land within a technology campus Zoning: M1-1 (All zonings pre-approved) Site Information: The sites are part of the larger publically owned Staten Island Teleport. It is centrally located and has access to the West Shore Expressway and Staten Island Expressway. The sites have back and front office facilities and other uses. All zoning and environmental regulations are pre-approved. 20 AVAILABLE & DEVELOPABLE PROPERTIES ON STATEN ISLAND AVAILABLE & DEVELOPABLE PROPERTIES ON STATEN ISLAND 4. Address: 211 Johnson Street Neighborhood: Rossville Block & Lot: 7207/138, 140, 255, 280 Size: 13.8 Acres with a 12,000 square foot structure Current Use: Industrial Zoning: M3-1 Site Information: The site is approximately 14 acres that is located off of Arthur Kill Road at the end of Johnson Street in the Rossville section. The site has 2.75 acres of land underwater. It is a licensed solid waste transfer station with permits with 386 linear feet of waterfront access via a bulkhead/barge. It is ideal for heavy industry or waterfront uses and is within an area of rapid industrial growth. 5. Address: 278 South Avenue (Arlington Yards) Neighborhood: Arlington Block & Lot: 1348/1 Size: 9 Acres (Buildable) Current Use: Rail/Industrial Zoning: M2-1 Site Information: The site is the subject of an RFEI by the City of New York for the development of a 9-acre portion of the site. It is a freight yard with rails leading into the Travis Branch of the railway, the Howland Hook Container Terminal, and the Arthur Kill Lift Bridge to Elizabeth, New Jersey. AVAILABLE & DEVELOPABLE PROPERTIES ON STATEN ISLAND 6. Address: 2581-2189 Richmond Terrace Neighborhood: Port Richmond Block & Lot: 1107/36 & 55 Size: 8 Acres with 9 buildings totaling 127,000 square feet Current Use: Industrial Zoning: M3-1 Site Information: The site is located adjacent to the Bayonne Bridge along the Richmond Terrace corridor. It currently serves as a multiuse industrial park with existing tenants. The site has access to the waterfront and has potential maritime services and infrastructure. 7. Address: 200 Meredith Avenue Neighborhood: Chelsea Block & Lot: 2810/14 Size: 7 Acres Current Use: Vacant Zoning: M3-1 Site Information: The site is located within a strategic industrial zone and is surrounded by other industrial properties. The site has excellent truck access and visibility from the highway. The site has 1,000 feet of waterfront access. It is ideal for heavy industry or vehicle storage and warehouse. 8. Address: 60 Davidson Street Neighborhood: Mariners Harbor Block & Lot: 1256/40 & 92 Size: 7 Acres with 5 buildings totaling 109,500 square feet Current Use: Industrial Zoning: M2-1 Site Information: The site is zoned M2-1 which is intended for heavy industrial use. It also allows for retail and storage. Much of the industrial land around the site has been rezoned for residential use and could be a potential future development option for the site. 9. Address: Wild Avenue (Lots 1 & 45) Neighborhood: Travis Block & Lot: 2645/1 & 45 Size: 3.1 Acres Current Use: Vacant Zoning: M1-1 Site Information: The site is a vacant lot located within a strategic area for economic development on the West Shore. The site is surrounded by a major fitness facility and two hotels. It is an ideal location for recreation, entertainment, or office space and a prime location due to high visibility from the West Shore Expressway. 22 AVAILABLE & DEVELOPABLE PROPERTIES ON STATEN ISLAND AVAILABLE & DEVELOPABLE PROPERTIES ON STATEN ISLAND 10. Address: River Road Neighborhood: Bloomfield Block & Lot: 1815/135, 150 375 Size: 3 Acres (2 Buildable) Current Use: Vacant Zoning: M3-1 Site Information: The site is a City-owned vacant lot. SIEDC has performed environmental due diligence to prepare the site for development. It is ideal for heavy or light manufacturing or warehouse space. It has access to the West Shore Expressway and is located within a strong industrial cluster. 11. Address: 101 Ellis Street (B) Neighborhood: Richmond Valley Block & Lot: 7991/65 Size: 2.9 Acres Current Use: Vacant/Vehicle Storage Zoning: M3-1 Site Information: The site is located within an established office/industrial park just south of the Outerbridge Crossing. The site has 1,000 feet of waterfront and barge service is possible. The site is served by city sewer and tractor trailer accessible, and has a 25-year tax abatement. It is ideal for light manufacturing, office space, or maritime use. AVAILABLE & DEVELOPABLE PROPERTIES ON STATEN ISLAND 12. Address: 4521 Arthur Kill Road Neighborhood: Charleston Block & Lot: 7590/80 & 100 Size: 2.6 Acres Current Use: Vacant Zoning: M1-1 Site Information: The site is located on Arthur Kill Road with access to industrial spaces north and south of the site. It is ideal for light industrial uses or warehouse space. It is located within a strategic industrial corridor and is an ideal location relative to Arthur Kill Road and highway access points. 13. Address: 1303 Travis Avenue Neighborhood: Travis Block & Lot: 2162/140 Size: 1.9 Acres with 26,000 square feet of warehouse space Current Use: Warehouse Zoning: M1-1 Site Information: The site is located at a convenient and centralized location adjacent to the Staten Island Teleport and Staten Island Corporate Park. It is ideal for light manufacturing and small warehousing. Excellent access to Victory Boulevard, South Avenue and the West Shore Expressway. 14. Address: 3333 Richmond Terrace Neighborhood: Mariners Harbor Block & Lot: 1208/30 Size: 1.6 Acres Current Use: Transportation Zoning: M1-1 Site Information: The site is the current home of Bayview Autowreckers. It is a heavily industrialized site with access to the waterfront and out of service docking facilities. It is located within a strategic portion of the Richmond Terrace industrial corridor. 15. Address: 2351 Richmond Terrace Neighborhood: Port Richmond Block & Lot: 1105/26 Size: 1.3 Acres Current Use: Vacant Lot Zoning: M1-1 Site Information: The site is a former industrial location located beneath the Bayonne Bridge. The site has direct access to the Kill van Kull, a major shipping lane, and is surrounded by other industrial and maritime uses. Site is currently up for lease for manufacturing, transportation, or waste transfer. 24 AVAILABLE & DEVELOPABLE PROPERTIES ON STATEN ISLAND AVAILABLE & DEVELOPABLE PROPERTIES ON STATEN ISLAND 16. Address: 155 Androvette Street Neighborhood: Charleston Block & Lot: 7408/150 Size: 1.27 Acres Current Use: Industrial Zoning: M1-1 Site Information: There is a 5,000 square foot warehouse on the site (on an adjacent tax lot). The site provides excellent access for small trucks and construction equipment. It is ideal for landscapers, light manufacturing, and warehouse construction. 17. Address: 61 Winant Place Neighborhood: Charleston Block & Lot: 7400/157 Size: 1.19 Acres Current Use: Vacant Zoning: M1-1 Site Information: The site is located within a developing industrial area. It is ideal for office space, light manufacturing, or a showroom. The site has a tax abatement. AVAILABLE & DEVELOPABLE PROPERTIES ON STATEN ISLAND 18. Address: 3587 Victory Boulevard Neighborhood: Travis Block & Lot: 2162/184 Size: .75 Acres with a 1,400 square foot structure Current Use: Vacant Zoning: M1-1 Site Information: The site is located on a well-travelled stretch of Victory Boulevard and is surrounded by other light industrial uses. The site provides excellent access to the West Shore Expressway, Richmond Avenue via Travis Avenue, and the Teleport. It is ideal for light manufacturing and commercial space. 19. Address: 291 Richmond Valley Road Neighborhood: Richmond Valley Block & Lot: 7584/20 Size: .55 Acres Current Use: Vacant Zoning: M1-1 Site Information: The site is located at the intersection of Arthur Kill Road and Richmond Valley Road within an area planned for strategic retail growth. The location is ideal for a showroom or construction firm front office and vehicle storage. 20. Address: Arlington Avenue (Lot 16) Neighborhood: Mariners Harbor Block & Lot: 1267/16 Size: .3 Acres Current Use: Vacant Zoning: M2-1 Site Information: The site is an industrial site located within a generally residential area. The site has potential access to the Arlington branch of the freight rail and there are expansion opportunities for the parcels. Site is ideal for manufacturing, industrial work or transportation facilities. 21. Address: 4949 Arthur Kill Road Neighborhood: Richmond Valley Block & Lot: 7632/1 Size: .15 Acres Current Use: Vacant Zoning: M1-1 Site Information: The site is located on the northwest corner of Richmond Valley Road and Arthur Kill Road offering high visibility. The site is less than Âź mile from Route 440 Outerbridge Crossing and Nassau & Richmond Valley Staten Island Railway Station. 26 AVAILABLE & DEVELOPABLE PROPERTIES ON STATEN ISLAND AVAILABLE & DEVELOPABLE PROPERTIES ON STATEN ISLAND 22. Address: 315 St. Marks Place Neighborhood: St. George Block & Lot: 8/1, 11, 14 Size: The site is suitable for a 190,000 buildable square foot development site Current Use: Parking Lot Zoning: C4-2 Site Information: The site is an â€œLâ€? shaped property situated directly across the street from the new county courthouse complex and was rezoned for high-rise residential development. The C4-2 zone allows for free market condo/rental development, subsidized/affordable housing, as well as retail/commercial redevelopment. 23. Address: 98 Wakefield Avenue Neighborhood: Travis Block & Lot: 2786/98 Size: 17,628 square foot warehouse and office space on a .27 acre lot Current Use: Vacant Zoning: M1-1 Site Information: The site is a vacant warehouse and office with an indoor parking garage. The building is set up as a shipping and receiving facility. A new roof was recently installed and most rooms are furnished. It has an ideal location near entertainment facilities, light industrial parks, and the Staten Island Teleport. AVAILABLE & DEVELOPABLE PROPERTIES ON STATEN ISLAND 24. Address: 61 Central Avenue Neighborhood: St. George Block & Lot: 5/45 Size: 5,000 square foot lot with a 6,000 square foot building Current Use: Office Zoning: C-4 Site Information: The site has an excellent location in one of Staten Island’s fastest growing and most exciting neighborhoods. The building is an attractive 4 level space with 6 baths, 26 rooms, and parking for 10 cars. It is ideal for office space. 25. Address: 104 Housman Avenue Neighborhood: Mariners Harbor Block & Lot: 1158/103 Size: 19,000 square foot Class A office and warehouse space Current Use: Occupied/No Commercial Activity Zoning: R3A Site Information: The site is one of the finest designed and maintained warehouses on Staten Island. The site has an indoor loading dock, freight elevator, and two floors of office space as well as a fully furnished maintainer’s apartment. INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS Section 2 RECENT AND PLANNED INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS FOR STATEN ISLAND Continued growth and development are essential to the success of the Staten Island economy. Recent and planned developments, such as the projects detailed below, not only provide revenue for the borough, they also provide enhanced services and employment opportunities for residents. Additionally, these projects help to demonstrate that the borough is a desirable location for business relocation and expansion. WEST SHORE LIGHT RAIL T he West Shore Light Rail (WSLR) project is a proposal to extend New Jersey’s Hudson Bergen Light Rail System into Staten Island via the Bayonne Bridge. The system, when completed, will not only link Staten Island to the rest of the region, it will also provide Staten Islanders with a fast, reliable and environmentally friendly fixed-mass transit system. The proposed alignment for the West Shore Light Rail, referred to as the “Highway Alignment”, is 13.1 miles long. It starts at 8th Street, Bayonne, which is the southern terminus of the Hudson Bergen Light Rail Transit (HBLRT) system. HBLRT connects to the PATH system for points in lower Manhattan at Exchange Place, and for points in Midtown Manhattan at Pavonia/Newport. HBLRT also serves Bayonne and the waterfront area of Jersey City, which has significant employment near HBLRT stations. After 8th Street in Bayonne, the WSLR crosses over the median of NJ Route 440, and continues 30 INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS south to the Bayonne Bridge span, which was originally designed to accommodate rail transitusing new approach structures on property owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ). Once over the Bayonne Bridge, the West Shore Light Rail Highway Alignment continues onto NY Route 440 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Expressway southbound. The alignment then turns west to Interstate 278 Staten Island Expressway (SIE) westbound, NY Route 440 West Shore Expressway (WSE) southbound, and travels the expressway median until it reaches Richmond Valley. It is estimated that the total commute time from Tottenville, Staten Island to Lower Manhattan would be as little as 55 minutes on the WSLR. The proposed alignment is an exclusive light railonly guideway that avoids traffic congestion and maintains schedule reliability. Stations are expected to be principally park-and-rides, especially in less residential areas south of the Staten Island Expressway, where most potential riders live too far to walk. This also helps reduce the number of stations needed, which reduces light rail travel times as well as construction costs. Proposed candidate station locations include: Elm Park (which could act as the transfer station to a future North Shore Rail), Forest Avenue, Richmond Avenue, Bloomfield, Victory Boulevard, Huguenot Avenue, Sharrotts Road, Outerbridge Park-and-Ride and Richmond Valley (which would link to the Staten Island Rapid Transit). Some of INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS Continued from page 30 these stations are located near development sites identified by the West Shore Land Use Study and could host transit-oriented development. The WSLR would generate up to 12,990 daily riders (25,980 trips) in the year 2030, based on nine stations and a 10 minute frequency. This estimate compares to 23,000 daily riders on the HBLRT system today and 13,200 daily riders reported on the Staten Island Railway (SIR) in 2008. The estimated capital cost in 2009 was $1.58 billion. Considering ridership is heaviest at the more northern stations, SIEDC has been 32 INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS discussing constructing the WSLR in phases â€“ phase I being Elm Park to Bloomfield and phase II being Victory Boulevard to Richmond Valley. The 5.1 mile long route is only 39% of the full build length to Richmond Valley, but ridership forecasts estimate 9,800 riders in phase I â€“ 75% of the ridership presented in the full nine station line. Phasing the light rail line will provide a fast and reliable transit option for Staten Islanders while at the same time allowing for additional ridership in the South Shore to be developed. The estimated capital cost for a first phase to Bloomfield in 2009 was $1.06 billion. INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS Continued from page 32 There are numerous benefits to the WSLR. The new transit system would serve as an economic development tool, drawing new companies, employees and visitors to the undeveloped west shore of Staten Island. SIEDCâ€™s proposed Green Zone will be a major portion of the developing West Shore corridor and a light rail connection to this location would be an incredible asset to increasing the economic viability of the area. Most importantly, the WSLR will help alleviate current and future traffic congestion, which has been a major impediment in the borough. Staten Island must prepare for the anticipated growth in population, and the construction of a new transit system would help mitigate the transportation woes that affect the borough. Additionally, a reduction in cars on the roads leads to better truck access, reduced gas emissions and less wear and tear on local roads and highways. SIEDC has completed phase I and phase II studies, which assessed the feasibility, benefits, impacts and costs of developing light rail transit. The next phase is the Alternative Analysis (AA), which will look at other modes of transportation, the impacts on existing transit services and the ability to better utilize existing transit facilities, and opportunities to reduce capital costs. SIEDC is currently seeking funding and a partner transportation agency to conduct the AA, which will likely be administered by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Funding for the AA is critical at this point, as it brings the WSLR project to the same level as the North Shore Rail (see the North Shore Rail section). These projects are essential for the proper growth and development of the borough, as they provide inter-Island access as well as access to the greater New York and New Jersey areas. NORTH SHORE RAIL T he North Shore Alternatives Analysis Study (NSAA), a project sponsored by MTA - New York City Transit (NYCT) and funded by the Staten Island Borough President, 34 INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS examines potential public transit alternatives for Staten Island's North Shore. The main goals of the study are to improve mobility; preserve and enhance the environment, natural resources and INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS Continued from previous page open space; and maximize limited financial resources for the greater public benefit. The short list of alternatives that were examined includes: • Transportation System Management: Required by federal guidelines to serve as a baseline • Electric Light Rail: Offers one-seat ride from St. George to West Shore Plaza in mixed traffic on South Ave and a dedicated transitway along the north shore. It may be more compatible than heavy rail with potential plans for connecting services. • Busway: Offers one-seat ride from St. George to West Shore Plaza. Flexible destinations as multiple routes would use busway. It’s the lowest cost among the transitway alternatives. BAYONNE BRIDGE NAVIGATIONAL CLEARANCE PROGRAM T he Bayonne Bridge, which is the fourth longest steel arch bridge in the world, connects Staten Island to Bayonne, New Jersey. Currently, the 151-foot air draft restriction beneath the Bayonne Bridge is an obstacle for larger ships doing business with marine terminals west of the Bridge -- at Port Newark and the Existing Elizabeth Port Authority Marine Terminals in New Jersey, and at Howland Hook on Staten Island, New York. On December 29, 2010, the Port Authority announced the "Raise the Roadway" alternative to provide the most effective solution to the Bayonne Proposed INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS 35 INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS Continued from previous page Bridge clearance issue: raising the bridge's roadway to approximately 215 feet to increase the existing 151-foot navigational clearance restrictions. The 64 feet of additional air draft will allow the Port of New York and New Jersey to benefit from the increased deployment of larger, operationally efficient and environmentally beneficial vessels, via the Suez and an expanded Panama Canal, to reach the port's main terminals. The proposed billiondollar bridge will modernize its roadway portions while retaining the character and historic design of the 80-year-old facility. For more information on this project, please visit www.panynj.gov/bayonnebridge NEW YORK CONTAINER TERMINAL FOURTH BERTH N ew York Container Terminal (NYCT) is a full service container and general cargo handling facility, which has one of the highest volume cargo capacities of any facility in the New York Harbor. Strategically located on Staten Island near the Goethals Bridge, the terminal occupies a 187-acre (58 hectares) tract of upland area. It is readily accessible to major truck routes, and is also linked by the terminal's own on-dock rail operation and ExpressRail Staten Island to transcontinental rail routes. Intermodal yard expansion will further increase the terminalâ€™s capabilities, as will a planned fourth berth. The fourth berth would be constructed on a 39-acre vacant parcel bounded by the Arthur Kill to the north, Bridge Creek to the west, Arlington Marsh to the east, and Richmond Terrace to the south. The fourth berth will expand NYCT's annual capacity to 950,000 boxes. 36 INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS NEW YORK FRAGRANCE WAREHOUSE & OUTLET R am Cherukuri, owner of New York Fragrance, is currently working on a $3 million project in the Bloomfield section of Staten Island. The plan is to create a 15,000 square foot warehouse and outlet shop for the fragrance, cosmetics, and hair care distributor. Once completed, the development could lead to a total of 75-80 new jobs for the borough. INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS NICOTRA GROUP EXPANSIONS T he Nicotra Group has many exciting expansion plans in the works for the Corporate Park. These projects include: Hilton Garden Inn: Six stories of new guest rooms and suites, a 9,000 square foot ballroom ABOVE, and a 9,000 square foot Rooftop Bar. Now open to the public, Commons Cafe: A one story restaurant at 2 Teleport Drive, serving gourmet breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks. Their slogan is EAT GOOD, DO GOOD. 100% of the profits go to charity. Gardens Office III: A three story, 35,000 square foot, fiber optic ready retail and professional office space. ROSSVILLE MUNICIPAL SITE O n November 4, 2011, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) released a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for the redevelopment of up to 33 acres of the Rossville Municipal Site located at 2629 Arthur Kill Road on the Arthur Kill Channel in the Rossville area of Staten Island, New York. The site was acquired by the City of New York in 1990 and has since remained vacant. It is zoned M3-1 and is within the Special South Richmond Development District (“SSRDD”). The site is considered the largest New York Cityowned property available for maritime development and one of the few remaining industrial waterfront properties available and suitable for shipping in the entire region. NYCEDC is seeking to activate this waterfront property with maritime industrial uses and to create quality employment opportunities. Respondents have an option to propose additional uses that complement and/or support a proposed maritime use. Submissions are currently under review. 38 INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS ST. GEORGE STATION I n 2011, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) released a “Request for Expressions of Interest” (RFEI) for the disposition and redevelopment of either or both of two parcels located on the waterfront of St. George, Staten Island. The sites, which are adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, are currently used as parking for both the Richmond County Bank Ballpark and the Staten Island Ferry St. George Terminal. The first site (the “North Site”) is approximately 7.4 acres, while the second site (the “South Site”) is approximately 6.7 acres. Both the sites are zoned M1-1. Nestled in the heart of St. George, the sites are prime waterfront locations surrounded by a major transportation hub, as well as commercial, cultural and civic center. St. George possesses tremendous assets that have yet to be fully utilized. It is widely recognized that the neighborhood represents a great opportunity for Staten Island to accommodate significant population growth (Staten Island is expected to grow by +65,000 people in the next twenty years, including 35,000 seniors and 17,000 young adults) and establish the kind of vital downtown that has long eluded Staten Island but emerged in municipalities stretching from Jersey City to Long Branch. The area certainly could, and should, attract thousands of additional visitors who live throughout the New York metropolitan region. With nearly eight million people living in the other four boroughs alone, St. George and Staten Island are missing a huge opportunity to promote their unique cultural, recreational and culinary assets to this large and growing audience. The Staten Island Ferry is the third most popular tourist attraction in New York City. In addition to the multitude of visitors on the Ferry, thousands of spectators visit the Ballpark each year. However, very few of these visitors leave the Ferry Terminal or Ballpark for dining and entertainment, resulting in a largely untapped market for these activities. NYCEDC has established specific criteria for the development of the site. The ultimate site plan must: - Be financially feasible - Cooperate with surrounding uses - Provide sufficient parking - Foster economic growth - Contribute towards St. George and Staten Island’s development goals - Improve the environmental quality of the St. George waterfront NYCEDC is currently reviewing proposals for the site. 40 INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS ADVERTISEMENT INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS STAPLETON WATERFRONT T he Homeport, a 35-acre decommissioned U.S. Naval Base in Staten Island, is poised to become a new, mixed-use residential community in accordance with the community-driven New Stapleton Waterfront Development Plan. The first phase of the development, already underway, will activate and reconnect an underutilized waterfront through new housing opportunities, retail and significant improvements in public infrastructure. Ironstate Development Company is transforming 7-acres into a sustainable development of approximately 600,000 square feet of residential space (900 residential apartments anticipated to be rental), approximately 30,000 square feet of retail, and accessory parking. In addition, the city will invest $32 million for road and infrastructure improvements and a new waterfront esplanade for the historic Stapleton community and all of Staten Island. Future phases of development will include additional public open space. CHARLESTON MUNICIPAL SITE N YCEDC, on behalf of the city, has worked with relevant city agencies, local elected officials and community stakeholders to propose a mixed-use program for the Charleston Municipal Site - an approximately 60-acre city-owned property located in Charleston, Staten Island. Responding to the needs of the local community, of Staten Island, and of the city, the proposed development will include a new park, senior housing, a public school, a library branch, retail and the mapping of an improved Englewood Avenue. In 2011, NYCEDC released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for two retail sites and an RFP to create a master site plan, conduct an environmental review, and prepare necessary ULURP applications to facilitate the proposed development. NYCEDC is currently reviewing proposals. 42 INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS THE GREEN MOVEMENT Section 3 I mprovements to technology and transportation through increased efficiency, mobility, and global connectivity resulted in two Industrial Revolutions in the 19th Century and Information Ages in the 20th Century. Today, as a global society, we stand to benefit from each of these in one culminating event – the Green Revolution. East Asian and northern European nations have replaced the United States as manufacturing and production powerhouses due to cheaper labor costs and better scientific education programs. As a result, the United States lags behind in many aspects of the green economy and more innovative and aggressive projects and policies are needed to allow the U.S. to become a more effective player in the new global economy. The nation lacks planning and funding for ambitious projects that will create new jobs, new energy, and reduce our dependence on foreign nations and a fragile environment. For instance, China supplies 54% of the global solar technology market, while the U.S. supplies just 6%. The number of cleantech jobs in the nation from 2003-2010 grew by only 3.4% compared to 4.2% for the economy as a whole. The green economy ranges from large scale projects to smaller retrofits and installations, which can be achieved by local contractors here on Staten Island. This idea was expanded upon by St. George attorney Felix Gilroy who created the premise for the “Staten Island Green Zone.” The following pages detail the creation and development of the Green Zone, regionally significant projects related to the initiative, important properties and projects within the boundaries, and green projects and companies that have made an impact on the local economy. THE BIRTH OF THE GREEN ZONE Why Staten Island? The Staten Island Green Zone is a proposed 4,000 acre industrial corridor focused on developing and promoting green businesses and attracting companies who work within the green economy. Due to the high cost of doing business on Staten Island caused by tolls and taxes and extreme competition from neighboring New Jersey, the SIEDC has launched the Green Zone initiative to allow Staten Island to play on a more level field. The focus of the Green Zone is to promote the benefits that Staten Island offers companies that other boroughs do not. These include significant vacant land (there are over 1,000 acres of vacant land within the Green Zone), potential tax incentives, major infrastructure projects, rail and waterfront access, and motivated politicians, local development groups and stakeholders. Map of the proposed Green Zone. 44 THE GREEN MOVEMENT THE GREEN MOVEMENT Continued from page 44 Staten Island has a rich history of manufacturing and industrial production and a strong base for skilled labor. Advances in green technology will allow for increased and diversified employment and the Green Zone will allow Staten Island to become a beacon for the growing green initiative in New York. In addition to new jobs and development projects, energy produced in the area through wind and solar technology will be reintroduced into the grid and methane and other alternative fuels may be harvested to support vehicle fleets and factories. Other potential projects include brownfield remediation, new parks and recreational space, and improved infrastructure. The Genesis of Green In June 2008 SIEDC Board Member, Felix Gilroy, approached the SIEDC Board of Directors regarding the Staten Island Green Zone project and the Board unanimously agreed to consider the proposal. In the fall of 2008, SIEDC representatives met with Staten Island elected officials regarding the Green Zone and all responded positively. In April 2009, the SIEDC publicly announced the Green Zone project at a seminar held during the annual SI Economic Development Conference and assembled a task force to help steer the project and assist with drafting legislation. This task force includes representatives from the New York Power Authority, National Grid, Con Edison, NYSERDA, and other local businesses and green advocates. SIEDC, the task force, and local elected officials drafted and submitted legislation to create the Green Zoneâ€™s boundaries and particular tax and finance incentives at the city, state, and federal levels. In August of 2010, the Green Zone initiative was further bolstered by recognition from NYSERDA, which designated the Green Zone as an Energy Target Zone. The Green Zone Today The SIEDC has focused a remarkable amount of time and effort to forwarding the Green Zone initiative. This includes a Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) grant submission, the inaugural Green & Clean Expo, the launch of the Green & Clean Council membership level, and securing a grant from the United States Economic Development Administration (USEDA) to be used towards a comprehensive study of the Green Zone. In September 2011, the planning firm Parsons Brinckerhoff was selected as the consultant to perform the study which seeks to answer questions about the Green Zone such as which land is most ripe for development, which companies are the best targets to attract to the area, and what incentives are best suited to foster green development. The study also provides an analysis regarding brownfields, government regulation issues, park development, and trends within the green movement which can help local businesses become more efficient and save money through retrofits. In September 2010, the SIEDC applied for a BOA grant with the New York State Department of State. SIEDC seeks to become the third BOA on Staten Island and the only one serving the West Shore. The grant program will allow SIEDC to assist property owners with remediating their brownfield and contaminated 46 THE GREEN MOVEMENT THE GREEN MOVEMENT Continued from previous page properties and to better develop a specific 179-acre portion of the Green Zone. The BOA area is particularly important for Staten Islandâ€™s economic development because it is home to a critically important collection of features such as waterfront access, infrastructure, rail access, available public vacant land, existing commercial and industrial businesses, and access to key locations on the West Shore such as the Teleport, Corporate Park and hotels. In March of 2011, the SIEDC launched the first sustainability conference in the history of the borough. The Green & Clean Expo featured 11 local companies as sponsors and demonstrators and another 40 vendors from throughout the region. Nearly 500 visitors toured the exhibits, visited vendors, explored solar and alternative fuel cars, and got to touch a vegetative wall, solar panels, and animals native to the wetlands of the Green Zone. In order to better connect Staten Islandâ€™s growing green businesses, the SIEDC launched the Green & Clean Council which is made up of nearly 20 local companies who are at the forefront of sustainable practices THE GREEN MOVEMENT Continued from previous page and development. These range from providers and installers to a green charter school, to companies which have retrofitted their inventory to reflect a new commitment to green. Additionally, the Staten Island Green Zone has been named as one of the signature projects in the New York City region through the Governor’s Regional Council initiative. Under the plan, $1,000,000 in tax credits have been set aside through the Excelsior Job Program for green & clean companies who invest in the Green Zone. Success Stories Faztec Industries is Staten Island’s leader when it comes to recycled materials and is located within the heart of the Green Zone. They offer a wide assortment of recycled aggregates and not only produce environmentally friendly materials, but also help local business continue the effort. By using recycled products, developers and builders can gain valuable LEED points and be recognized by the US Green Buildings Council. Deepwater Wind is one of the leading maritime wind companies in the world and is currently planning a major construction project off of the southern shore of Long Island. The company has approached the SIEDC through Green Zone task force member, New York City Investment Fund, about developing an industrial parcel along the Green Zone’s waterfront for construction and marshaling activities. By building wind farms 20 miles offshore, making them virtually invisible to coastal communities, they can make off shore wind in the U.S. a reality. For the first time in our nation’s history, we will create abundant energy without harming the environment or degrading the beauty of our natural landscapes. Deepwater Wind’s consideration of the Green Zone is a remarkably encouraging step towards making the area a nationally recognized hub for green development. Regional Importance The smart and effective development of the city’s waterfront and industrial areas has come to the forefront of the planning process since the release of PlaNYC 2030, which calls for a million new residents in New York City by 2030. Subsequent proposals including the Waterfront Action Plan, the NYC Department of City Planning’s West Shore Plan, and the release of an RFP for 33-acre industrial parcel in the Rossville section of Staten Island have all reinforced the focus of green development on the waterfront and in industrially zoned areas. Within the boundaries of the Green Zone or directly adjacent to it there are numerous significant regional development projects. The now closed Arthur Kill Correctional Facility is an 81-acre site complete with 48 THE GREEN MOVEMENT THE GREEN MOVEMENT Continued from previous page buildings and infrastructure as well as waterfront access within an area that is slated for significant industrial and maritime development. The former GATX site, which was slated for development as a NASCAR track, is within the northern reaches of the Green Zone and represents the single largest tract of vacant land in New York City. It is an ideal location for large industrial development, construction, and maritime services. At 2,200 acres, Freshkills Park will be almost three times the size of Central Park and the largest park developed in New York City in over 100 years. The transformation of what was formerly the worldâ€™s largest landfill into a productive and beautiful cultural destination will make the park a symbol of renewal and an expression of how our society can restore balance to its landscape. The park will reinforce the Green Zoneâ€™s goals of ecological restoration, environmental education and recreation, and awareness concerning sustainability. It is a vital piece of the development of the Green Zone and offers new economic, energy, recreation, and environmental options to truly diversify the area. The most important entry node for the Green Zone is the Goethals Bridge. However, it was built in 1928 and cannot keep pace with the traffic and the size of vehicles which cross it each day. As a result, the Port Authority and THE GREEN MOVEMENT Continued from previous page other agencies have resolved to replace the structure with a newer and more modern bridge which will serve the entire region as well as the Green Zone more adequately. The most popular proposal for the redevelopment of the bridge is a twin three-lane bridge. To further bolster transportation access to the Green Zone, the SIEDC has proposed and studied the West Shore Light Rail project. Now entering into its Alternatives Analysis phase, the West Shore Light Rail study proposes a light rail system for the North and West shores of Staten Island to alleviate the congestion and travel delays that exist today. According to the 2010 US Census report and further substantiated by the Center for the Urban Future's Staten Island 2020 and Staten Island "Then and Now" studies, Staten Island residents have the longest average commute relative to time in the United States. SIEDC maintains that a quicker, more reliable, more convenient, and new transportation option is essential to better develop the Green Zone specifically, and the economy and living standards of the borough as a whole. GREEN BUSINESSES & PROJECTS I n 2011 the SIEDC launched a new membership group which is focused on continuing the agenda of sustainability and green business development. The Green & Clean Council is a unique membership open to green and sustainable companies and individuals. The focus of the company’s activities must be on the advancement of green technologies, green industry, or the development/continuation of green business practices within that company. The following featured companies are Green & Clean Council members: Brighton USA Brighton USA is a leading provider of facility care products and are recognized experts in facility “Green” conversions using the industry’s best zero toxicity cleaning products. These products are known to significantly reduce costs while keeping facilities clean, sanitized and safe for their patrons and employees. Brighton USA has the expertise to perform energy audits and can make suggestions on new energy efficient lighting technologies that often reduce energy consumption by 50%. Brighton USA has been in business for over 40 years and serves over 25 industry and not-for-profit groups. Coastal Plumbing Supply Coastal Plumbing Supply was founded in 1972, by Alexander A. Federico, Jr. a tradesman from Brooklyn who wanted to get involved in the business of plumbing supplies. Coastal Plumbing Supply has expanded to 3 locations on Staten Island, with a Kitchen & Bath Showroom located at 135 New Dorp Lane and an HVAC distributorship at 2274 Arthur Kill Road. Coastal Plumbing Supply is dedicated to developing more effective water and heating equipment and sales. 50 THE GREEN MOVEMENT THE GREEN MOVEMENT Continued from page 50 Free Lighting Corporation Free Lighting Corporation is an energy conservation company and since 1990 their mission has been to improve the energy efficiency of homes and businesses at a reduced or no cost to customers. They are a growing company that delivers measurable energy saving products and services. Free Lighting Corporation is an approved contractor for Con Edison and has completed thousands of energy upgrades in homes and business throughout New York, New Jersey and Texas for various electric public utilities. Merging Markets Group/GreenBuildingEvents.Com The Merging Markets Group is a leading producer of international green building events through GreenBuildingEvents.Com where sustainable products and trends are presented, discussed and applied. GreenBuildingEvents.Com is committed to providing business and community leaders with the ultimate venue to network and to promote the protection of the environment through lively, relevant, and inclusive discussions and events. Their events often focus on energy efficiency upgrades, community interaction, company development and brownfield development incentives. SI Green Charter School for Environmental Discovery Executive Director Carole Reiss, Ph.D seeks to be a pioneer in establishing an environmentally friendly school both in terms of building construction and curriculum development. Excelling in both traditional and innovative curriculum areas, the students of SIGCSED will learn and recognize their ability to become effective leaders of tomorrow through technology support from the school and by actively exploring the meaning of green and engaging in environmentally based learning activities. Staten Island Renewable Energy Staten Island Renewable Energy is a full-service solar installation company which serves the New York metro region. The company designs, installs, and monitors solar powered electrical systems and retrofitted solar thermal systems for hot water using existing plumbing equipment. Staten Island Renewable Energy also provides vacuum heat pipe for hot water systems, domestic hot water, radiant heat, and pool heat as well as free site surveys and free estimates. The company is a certified NYSERDA installer and SunMaxx solar dealer. 52 THE GREEN MOVEMENT THE GREEN MOVEMENT Continued from previous page Walsh Electrical Contracting Inc. Walsh Electrical Contracting Inc. is a family-owned and operated electrical contracting firm which has done business on Staten Island for 36 years. They serve the residential, commercial, industrial, and Green energy markets. The company provides solar power and wind power installations, dimming systems, smart home technologies, LED technology, compact fluorescent technology, thermo graphic scanning, and Power Usage Surveys. EnergyPro Insulation EnergyPro Insulation, LLC is a BPI certified home performance contractor and a home performance with Energy Star contractor and provides spray foam insulation, cellulose insulation, energy audits, and infrared thermography. The company also offers the unique “ZeroDraft” approach to building envelope weatherization which can reduce energy use by using specialized techniques. THE GREEN MOVEMENT Continued from previous page Neighborhood Housing Services of Staten Island Neighborhood Housing Services of Staten Island has served the community since 1982 and now it is adding another service to their menu. The LEEDÂŽ Certified New Markham Gardens has created a safe, beautiful, energy efficient and healthy neighborhood in West Brighton. NHSSI is also a major player in the Live Better Staten Island movement and the EnergyWise Staten Island task force which is made up of many of the leaders in Staten Islandâ€™s Green movement. County Tree Care County Tree Care specializes in fine pruning, tree maintenance, and tree and stump removals as well as lot clearing services. The company is a New York State Registered Pesticide Applicator Business and is NYSDA Asian Long Horned Beetle Quarantine Zone compliant. Trees are a valuable asset and by specializing in tree removals and high-quality pruning, County Tree Care has earned a reputation as a leader in the industry. Within the Green Zone itself there are numerous companies who are major players in the sustainability field. These include a paper recycling firm, energy producers, construction firms and a metal recycler. NRG Energy Nationally, NRG's 29 coal, gas and oil power plants in 11 states provide enough generation capacity to supply more than 20 million homes. In 2009, NRG began a major initiative to become the leading green energy producer in the nation and began to develop onshore and offshore wind, solar-thermal, and photovoltaic energy and repowered some of their traditional coal plants with biomass. NRG continued the trend of leading in the Green power market in 2011 by becoming the largest Green power retailer in New York City and now provides 100% renewable energy for the iconic Empire State Building. Pratt Industries 54 THE GREEN MOVEMENT Pratt Industries is America's 6th largest paper and packaging company, with more than 3500 highly-skilled "Green-collar" employees dedicated to the environment and sustainability. Pratt was founded in the USA some 20 years ago and, since then, has shown dramatic growth with sophisticated manufacturing facilities now in more than 20 states. In 2007, the company made a commitment to invest $1 billion in recycling and green energy infrastructure within 10 years. Locally, Pratt has launched the Staten Island Paper Challenge and the Pratt Commercial Paper Recycling Program. THE GREEN MOVEMENT Continued from previous page Con Edison Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies. The utility provides electric, gas and steam service to more than three million customers in New York City and Westchester County. Con Edison’s Green Team offers customers ways to save energy and money, while reducing their carbon footprint. Customers who install energy efficient lighting, cooling and heating equipment may be eligible to receive incentives and rebates. Small business customers will benefit from free energy surveys, free energy-saving products and incentives for equipment upgrades. National Grid National Grid has a 20-year track record of providing awardwinning, energy efficiency programs to help customers use less energy and reduce their energy bills. The company has a broad range of energy-related services and programs and provides technical assistance to help customers identify, understand and assess opportunities for reducing energy costs associated with the investment of energy efficiency equipment. WWC Construction WWC Construction is a local construction company which is dedicated to Green projects. The company plans to develop a beer and wine manufacturing and distributorship at a 2-acre waterfront site. The construction of facilities at the site will be a 2-story 10,000 square foot LEED certified building with solar installations, rain water recapture, geothermal heating, and storm water management. Recently, WWC installed a solar array at their facility. W W C CORP. Donjon Recycling Donjon is a major scrap metal recycling company whose Staten Island location features the only New York City-based commercial ship-breaking and recycling facility in the region. The company continues a tradition of over 50 years by providing recycling services to construction and industrial companies and the general public. Donjon purchases and recycles all types of scrap iron and metal and is now embarking into the computer and office metal recycling world. Their site, located along the Arthur Kill in the Rossville section of Staten Island, is a strategic site for preserving the industrial and maritime history of the borough’s waterfront and their recycling services are an excellent example of how Green can be incorporated into that history. THE GREEN MOVEMENT 55 THE GREEN MOVEMENT Continued from previous page Hylan Datacom Hylan Datacom and Electrical is a full service company offering a deep array of services for datacom, electrical contracting, lighting and electrical maintenance, utility construction, and emergency and disaster recovery. Hylan Datacom and Electrical serves customers in a wide variety of industries and provides large and small customers with complete services for fiber optic cabling, wireless networks, Intelligent Traffic Systems, signage, commercial and industrial electrical installations, emergency systems, building control systems, and more. Green development on Staten Island isn’t limited to the boundaries of the Green Zone. Many other strategic partners for sustainable construction and operations are functioning throughout the borough and there are an abundance of interesting and aggressive green projects underway. Staten Island JCC The Jewish Community Center of Staten Island’s effort towards Green began in 2009 with the aim of reducing the environmental footprint and caring for the environment as well as reducing operating costs. Among the actions either taken or underway are installations of a solar thermal heating system, a solar PV system, an ESCO plan for demand/response energy usage, lighting change outs and sensor installations, major paper/printing usage reduction, non-toxic cleaners, and low flow shower heads. The JCC was awarded one of the first ever “Green Genesis” awards at the 2011 Green & Clean Expo for this project. Staten Island Mental Health Society The SIMHS provides children’s mental health services and has also developed the Island's first "Green" office building. After purchasing a vacant building at 444 St. Marks Place in St. George two years ago, SIMHS has been working with a Green team of builders who are experts in green technology and design. Among the green building elements being incorporated into the building modernization are geo-thermal heating and cooling, via underground pipes and wells; solar roof panels and a rooftop wind turbine, solar walls, and energy-efficient lighting. CEO Dr. Kenneth Popler and the SIMHS were honored with a “Green Genesis” award at the 2011 Green & Clean Expo. 56 THE GREEN MOVEMENT Continued from previous page The Tides at Charleston The new residential development in Charleston is home to one of the only freestanding wind power generators in New York City. The turbine, which is 13 feet across, sits atop a 45-foot pole. Besides the appeal of environmentalism, the turbine is fitted by Con Edison with a bidirectional meter so that when the turbine is generating more power than the systems can use, it returns that energy to the local grid, essentially selling power back to the utility. Gauges showed it was spinning at about 285 rotations per minute, generating a little over 2,000 watts. The system cost $25,000 and can produce $3,000 a year in power. In 2011, developer Ray Masucci also installed a 19.936kW solar array at his facility on Marble Loop and was awarded a â€œGreen Genesisâ€? award at the 2011 Green & Clean Expo for his efforts. Monarch Medical One of Staten Islandâ€™s hidden development opportunities is the industrial park at the northern end of Ellis Street in Charleston. The site is home to a myriad of industrial companies as well as vacant land with waterfront access. The owner of the site, Mike Abboud, is currently planning a metal recycling yard as well as a large solar installation. The location is ideal for potential waterfront development as well as cleantech companies and has over 1,000 feet of shoreline, new buildings, tractor trailer access and a 25 year tax abatement. There are also 25ft high ceilings, 5 large drive-in doors, 5 loading docks, and a city sewer hookup. THE GREEN MOVEMENT Continued from previous page Markham Gardens One of the Neighborhood Housing Services of Staten Island’s hallmark projects is located in the West New Brighton section of Staten Island and represents both opportunities for first time homeowners as green projects. Markham Gardens is Staten Island's premier apartment community. Set on a beautiful 12-acre site with tree-lined pedestrian walks and landscaped gathering and recreation areas, Markham features spacious studio through four-bedroom apartments. Each building at Markham features front and rear yards and the latest in finishes and fixtures. Markham's groundbreaking energy-efficient design makes it one of Staten Island's "Greenest" communities. Staten Island East Solar Empowerment Zone The Staten Island East Zone is part of the NYC Solar America City Partnership that works with local government officials, community-based organizations and the business community to host events and educational workshops. The NYC Solar Empowerment Zones are strategically selected geographical regions where solar power is most viable and beneficial from a technical standpoint. New and existing solar installations in the Zone will be eligible for free data monitoring systems as well as a variety of other benefits that include: - Data Monitoring Systems: Free data monitoring devices are available for installation to communicate with the utility grid and monitor system performance. - Technical Assistance: Three solar ombudsmen offer technical assistance to building owners and operators who are considering solar power. - Incentives Assistance Ombudsmen: Provide guidance navigating through the city, state, and federal incentive programs and paperwork that help make systems more affordable. - Streamlined Permitting: The Partnership is working with permitting agencies, Con Edison, and NYSERDA to create a more streamlined and uniform permitting process. - Strategic Opportunities: The Partnership will target opportunities in the Zones and assist in developing applications for state funding. BENEFITS OF GREENING YOUR BUSINESS Reduced Energy Costs – adopting green technology is a great way to lower your energy costs. Whether you switch to solar energy or you chose to switch to hybrid vehicles, all these measures are a great way of reducing your business’s energy expenditure. Tax Benefits – there are numerous tax and financial incentives for creating a green business or retrofitting an existing operation or facilities. Adopting green technology can save money by giving a business access to lower taxes and other government incentives Healthy Employees And Higher Productivity – adoption of green technology transforms your office into a healthier work space, helps your employees maintain a healthy lifestyle and in turn improves their productivity and work efficiency. 58 THE GREEN MOVEMENT THE GREEN MOVEMENT RIVER ROAD Within the Staten Island Green Zone, there are 1,100 acres of vacant or underused land that could help to foster significant economic and environmental development if approached properly. To support the SIEDCâ€™s effort to create the Green Zone, the organization created the River Road Pilot Project to demonstrate the importance of developing vacant city-owned industrial land. SIEDC petitioned the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) for permission to market a 3-acre site at the intersection of River Road and Chelsea Road in the Bloomfield section to green companies or entities who are interested in developing a sustainable structure at the site. The choice of this site was based on its public ownership status, its size and use, and its access to roadways and utilities. It is an ideal test case for the Green Zone as a whole. SIEDC performed all basic environmental due diligence required for the development of the site including wetland flaggings, a site survey, a utilities report, an easement map of an adjacent pipeline, an inventory of sewer access and a Phase I environmental study. Seven companies have expressed interest in developing the site. An experienced local parkland development and construction firm has proposed the construction of a green office space and warehouse facility. A major concrete and asphalt aggregate recycling firm has 60 THE GREEN MOVEMENT Continued from previous page proposed creating an annex to their operation site which would aid in producing materials for major civil construction projects in the borough. An up and coming Staten Island firm which provides weatherization and insulation installations, energy audits, infrared thermography, and troubleshooting services has proposed creating a new office and warehouse space which would allow the company to expand its workforce by nearly 25 workers. A general contractor focused on waterfront and green development is interested in developing a hydroponics greenhouse as well as a small solar array or windmill project. Staten Islandâ€™s largest fragrance manufacturer and importer has proposed the development of green office space and a warehouse. A local construction company who is planning to embark into the commercial and industrial recycling field has proposed developing a recycling site for building materials. Finally, a Brooklyn based firm which develops partially passive houses as well as zerowaste construction techniques is interested in developing the site as their first Staten Island facility. Each of these proposals help establish the importance of the Green Zone to local and regional companies. The area has available land, public and private parcels, transportation access, and an established network of green and industrial companies. The River Road Pilot Project will serve as an excellent demonstration to the City of New York that the vacant acres within the entire Green Zone are a valuable piece of the development vision for the borough. DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS Section 4 DEMOGRAPHICS/STATISTICS According to the most recent U.S. Census data, no other New York City borough has changed as significantly as Staten Island. This borough continues to outpace the four other boroughs of the city, with a population growth rate of 10.8 percent; placing it among the fastest growing counties in New York State. The added population has supported a slew of new businesses and jobs. Private sector employment on Staten Island increased by 32 percent between 1990 and 2009, compared to a 4 percent gain citywide. The number of Staten Islanders with at least a bachelorâ€™s degree has almost doubled since 1990, from 50,953 to 91,031 people with a degree, meaning this is a population that is becoming increasingly skilled. People QuickFacts Richmond County New York Population, 2010 468,730 19,378,102 Foreign born persons, percent, 2005-2009 20.3% 21.3% Language other than English spoken at home, percent age 5+, 2005-2009 29.0% 28.5% High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2005-2009 87.3% 84.2% Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25+, 2005-2009 27.9% 31.8% Housing units, 2010 176,656 8,108,103 Homeownership rate, 2005-2009 71.1% 55.7% Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2005-2009 39.7% 50.5% Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2005-2009 $461,000 $300,600 Median household income, 2009 $65,388 $54,554 Persons below poverty level, percent, 2009 11.4% 14.2% U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 62 DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS 63 DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS Business QuickFacts Richmond County New York Private establishments, 2009 8,321 515,819 Private employment, 2009 91,660 7,332,3922 Private employment, percent change, 2000-2009 8.3% -0.3% Nonemployer establishments, 2009 30,611 1,489,207 Total number of firms, 2007 37,844 1,956,733 Merchant wholesaler sales, 2007 ($1000) $1,320,074 $313,461,904 Retail sales, 2007 ($1000) $3,850,133 $230,718,065 Building permits, 2010 508 19,568 Geography QuickFacts Richmond County New York Land area in square miles, 2010 58.37 47,126.40 Persons per square mile, 2010 411.2 2 2 8,030.3 PERCENTAGE POPULATION GROWTH BY DECADE 64 DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS HOME OWNERSHIP RATES STATEN ISLAND INDUSTRIAL VACANCY RATE 66 DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS PRIVATE SECTOR JOB GROWTH, 1990-2009 -STATEN ISLAND VS NYC AVERAGE SIZE OF STATEN ISLAND FIRMS, 2000-2010 68 DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS NUMBER AND PERCENTAGE OF CONSTRUCTION, MANUFACTURING, & WHOLESALE TRADE BUSINESS DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS STATEN ISLAND FERRY RIDERSHIP NUMBER AND PERCENT OF STATEN ISLAND RESIDENTS WITH A BACHELOR’S DEGREE OR HIGHER (25 YEARS AND OLDER) 70 DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL SERVICES S taten Island has seen a significant amount of capital investment and project development related to increasing the industrial production and transportation options in the borough. These improvements include the continued development and future expansion of the Howland Hook Marine Terminal, the reactivation of Arlington Yards and the North Shore rail system, and the activation of the Arthur Kill Lift Bridge. Howland Hook Marine Terminal The marine terminal at Howland Hook is located on the Arthur Kill just north of the Goethals Bridge. It was purchased in 1973 by New York City and leased for a period of 38 years by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 1985. The Port Authority currently contracts with New York Container Terminal, Inc. to operate a container terminal on the site. The original facility is 187 acres and is undergoing expansion with the acquisition of the adjacent 124 acre Port Ivory, a former shipping port operated by Procter & Gamble. The terminal operates a wharf on the Arthur Kill, with three berths for container ships. A fourth 1,340 feet (410 m) long berth with 50 feet (15 m) depth is planned on the old Port Ivory site. Facilities include container storage, deep-freeze, refrigeration and United States Customs Service inspection1. The terminal includes a five-track intermodal rail facility that connects via the Arthur Kill Vertical Lift Bridge to New Jersey and the national rail network as well as the North Shore Branch of the Staten Island Railway, which leads into the Arlington Yard, and the Travis branch, along the West Shore. Arlington Yards In 2007, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) unveiled the reactivation of the Staten Island freight railroad along the North Shore. The $80 million project allowed for the expansion and development of Arlington Yard and 6,500 feet of new track. Additional construction included a replacement of three timber railroad bridges and a new connection for Travis Branch. The improvements were part of the city’s plan for rail transportation of containerized solid waste from the proposed department of Sanitation transfer station now being built at the site of the former Fresh Kills Landfill2. This project, 1 New York City Economic Development Corporation. Current Projects – New York Container Terminal Expansion. New York City Economic Development Corporation. Completed Projects – Staten Island Railroad Reactivation. 2 DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS 71 DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS Continued from previous page combined with the reactivation of the Arthur Kill Lift Bridge marked the first time in 16 years that Staten Island was rejoined by freight rail with the rest of the nation3. Arthur Kill Vertical Lift Railroad Bridge Staten Island’s sole rail connection to the rest of the nation is the Arthur Kill Vertical Lift Bridge which is located just north of the Goethals Bridge. The bridge was built in 1959 to replace an older swing span and its single track allows trains to carry garbage out of New York. It is the largest vertical lift bridge in the world but it fell into disuse and disrepair after the closure of many of Staten Island’s largest industrial firms in the 1960s and 1970s. The bridge sat dormant from 1991 to 2007 because of a lack of train service on Staten Island and the cost of maintaining the structure4. On April 2, 2007, normal operations involving garbage removal began which resulted in an estimated 90,000 annual truck loads diverted from the Goethals Bridge. In October 2007 the New York Container Terminal announced the opening of on-dock rail service via the bridge, with regular service by Conrail, CSX and Norfolk Southern railroads5,6. Rossville Municipal Site RFEI The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) has released a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for a 44 acre site in the Rossville section of Staten Island. The site is the largest New York City-owned property available for maritime development and one of the few remaining industrial waterfront properties available and suitable for shipping in the entire region. Developing the site will allow for momentum for the development of the entire Rossville Waterfront as an employment center as well as increased industrial uses and effective waterfront planning strategies. 3 Reuters. “Staten Island Reconnects with Freight Rail Link.” April 17, 2007. Crains New York Business. “NJ-Staten Island Link Poised to Return; Arthur Kill Bridge Finally Fixed” March 26, 2007. 5 Staten Island Advance. "As the Trash Train Rolls, Fewer Trucks Clog Roads. " Maura Yates. April 3, 2007. 6 New York Container Terminal. "NYCT Announces the Opening of its On-Dock Rail!" October 4, 2007. 4 72 DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS UTILITY INCENTIVES AND CONTACTS Con Edison knows what it takes to run a business in New York. Businesses look for every opportunity to control costs and save money. Con Edison Economic Development is here to help your business succeed. We’ll help you compete by providing expert guidance to government-incentive programs in your area and the most cost-effective and efficient electric-service options Con Edison has to offer. Our Economic Development team supports eco-friendly and industry-specific initiatives that are vital to business retention, attraction, and expansion – with emphasis on growth sectors such as biotechnology, food processing, tourism development, and the creative economy. Con Edison’s Green Team offers a variety of energy efficiency programs, from providing free energy surveys and improvements to offering programs that pay you to use less energy, we’ll help make your business as efficient and economical as possible. Con Edison’s Economic Development Manager for Staten Island can be reached at (212) 460-4748; Website: www.coned.com National Grid wants you to know reliable, clean, and efficient natural gas from National Grid can help your business prosper. Whatever merchandise you produce or services you offer, natural gas can help you work more efficiently and control your operating costs. Make your tenants more comfortable and your employees more productive. Natural gas can satisfy your HVAC and electric-power needs. National Grid provides companies with assistance about incentives and energy services. The National Grid team is ready to help your business expand and prosper. We can help you access energy and tax incentives, city and state government programs, obtain low cost financing and relocate to new facilities. National Grid’s energy efficiency programs and advising services will help you identify opportunities to save energy and reduce your operating costs…important ingredients in your efforts to increase profits while you contribute to a “greener” environment. These services are the first step toward taking advantage of our incentive programs. For more information on National Grids services please call 1-718-643-4050; Website: www2.nationalgridus.com/psbusiness/index_ny_kedny.jsp DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS 73 DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS New York Power Authority (NYPA) is the nation’s largest state power organization and uses no tax money or state credit in its operations. Nearly 80 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean low-cost hydropower that along with other power resources is helping energize New York’s economy by supporting almost 400,000 jobs. The Power Authority is committed to upgrading its 18 facilities and 1,400 circuit miles of transmission to maintain and improve their reliability well into the future. As a national leader in promoting energy efficiency and alternative energy initiatives, NYPA has financed nearly $1.5 billion in projects saving taxpayers more than $136 million annually. NYPA also has one of the largest clean transportation programs in the Northeast. Working with state and local economic development officials, NYPA helps target allocations of low-cost hydropower and other power resources to help attract and retain major employers statewide so they can stay viable in this tough economy. Other specialized programs in areas such as energy efficiency and electric transportation help governmental and educational entities throughout the state, to control their energy costs, which saves taxpayers millions of dollars annually. Find out how NYPA is generating more than electricity at www.nypa.gov New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) aims to help New York meet its energy goals by: reducing energy consumption, promoting the use of renewable energy sources, and protecting the environment. NYSERDA’s programs and services provide a vehicle for the state to work collaboratively with businesses, academia, industry, the federal government, environmental community, public interest groups, and energy market participants. Through these collaborations, NYSERDA seeks to develop a diversified energy supply portfolio, improve market mechanisms, and facilitate the introduction and adoption of advanced technologies that will help New Yorkers plan for and respond to uncertainties in the energy markets. NYSERDA's Commercial/Industrial programs provide energy efficiency services for existing buildings, new construction, industrial facilities, and vehicle fleets. Programs include; FlexTech Program - cost-shared energy studies, New Construction Program, Existing Facilities Program, New Renewable, Clean Energy, or Energy Efficiency Product Manufacturing Business Incentive. For more information visit nyserda.ny.gov or call the NYSERDA Energy $mart Communities Coordinator for Staten Island at 212-785-0734. 74 DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS CITY AND STATE INCENTIVES New York City Property Tax Abatements & Energy Cost Savings Programs Designed to Encourage Real Estate Construction Projects Whether tax incentives actually spur new economic activity—and whether they do so in a cost-effective manner—are important concerns. This is particularly true in times of fiscal and economic stress, when policymakers must balance a desire to spark the economy with the need to cope with budgetary restraints. Economists believe that the most fiscally effective means of achieving the goals of economic development expenditures are tax incentives. The City of New York has a number of economic development incentives aimed at promoting real estate development and renovation projects. Financial incentives that have consistently promoted the construction of new buildings, renovations and expansions in New York City include real estate tax abatements and energy cost saving programs. These incentives promote real estate development projects by reducing high real estate taxes and energy costs. New York City offers a valuable Real Estate Tax Abatement for Industrial and Manufacturing Leases. The Industrial and Manufacturing Real Estate Tax Incentive Program provides a real property tax abatement for new, renewal and expansion leases for space used for industrial and manufacturing activities in the abatement NORTH AMERICAN D.F., INC. YOUR BEST SOURCE FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS! Brochures • Banners • Folders • Envelopes Decals • T-Shirts • Pens • Mugs • and much more! Website: www.NorthAmericanDF.com 280 Watchogue Road Staten Island, NY 10314 Phone: (718) 698-2500 OUR PRICES WILL ENCOURAGE A FIRST TRY. OUR RESULTS WILL EARN US A SECOND. DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS Continued from previous page zone. In Staten Island, the abatement zone is defined as any area that is zoned C4, C5, C6, M1, M2 or M3. To be entitled to an abatement a minimum lease term must be granted for at least three years and leasehold expenditures must be made in an amount of $2.50 per square foot for new and expansion leases and $5.00 per square foot for renewal leases. The illustration below provides an example of the benefits which can be secured under the Real Estate Tax Abatement for Industrial and Manufacturing Leases. Real Estate Tax Abatement for Lease Benefit Calculation Description of Benefits Real estate tax abatement equal to the lesser of: (a) actual tax liability, and (b) 2.50 PSF for the benefit period not to exceed 10 years. Example Benefits Calculation Richmond Food, a prepared food manufacturer and distributor with 25 employees, signs a 10-year lease for 10,000 SF in Staten Island. Without benefits, its annual real estate tax liabality would be $2.50 PSF or $25,000. CEP Abatement Percent Year 1-10 100% CEP Property Tax Abatement $250,000 The City of New York offers a Real Property Tax Abatement for new construction, modernization or rehabilitation of new buildings. The Industrial and Commercial Abatement Program (ICAP) reduces a portion of the increase in real property taxes due to new construction, modernization or rehabilitation of eligible commercial and industrial buildings by providing property tax abatements for qualified projects. Industrial projects meeting higher investment thresholds are eligible for an additional tax abatement on the pre-construction tax. The abatement schedule varies from 10 years to 25 years based upon the location of the property and the use. The illustration below provides an example of the benefits which can be secured under the Industrial and Commercial Abatement Program. Industrial & Commercial Abatement Program Benefit Calculation Description of Benefits An industrial business is eligible for: (a) a 25-year abatement, and (b) an additional abatement if the capital expenditures equal at least 40% of the assessed value of the property. Example Benefits Calculation Richmond Corp. is a manufacturer that has a building on Staten Island with an assessed value of $1,000,000. Richmond Corp. makes renovations in the amount of $405,000 that exceed 40% of the propertyâ€™s assessed value. ICAP Abatement Year 1-25 76 DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS ICAP Benefit $112,750 Additional Industrial Abatement Year 1-12 ICAP Benefit $440,000 DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS Continued from previous page The Energy Cost Savings Program allows non retail businesses in New York City to reduce the delivery portion of electricity costs by 45% and the delivery portion of natural gas by 35% for eight years, followed by a four year phase out. The ECSP is available for: (1) companies that are planning on making capital improvements to a building under ICAP; or (2) a capital project that is financed by the Industrial Development Agency or a company that is relocating to a designated building. The illustration below provides an example of the benefits which can be secured under the Energy Cost Savings Program. Energy Cost Savings Program Benefit Calculation Description of Benefits The energy Cost Savings Program (ECSP) can reduce regulated energy costs up to 45 percent and regulated natural gas costs up to 35 percent for eligible business. Regulated costs are the transmissions and distribution costs by the regulated utility. The benefits associated with ECSP last for eight years followed by a four year phaseout during which benefits are decreased by 20 percent per year. Example Benefits Calculation Richmond Corp. is a manufacturer that has a building on Staten Island and is engaged in an ICAP. Richmond Corp.â€™s annual regulated energy costs equal $25,000. Richmond Corp.â€™s annual regulated natural gas costs equal $25,000. Energy Cost Benefits Year ECSP Benefit 1-8 Natural Gas Cost Benefits Year ECSP Benefit $90,000 1-8 $70,000 9-12 $22,500 9-12 $17,500 Total $112,500 Total $87,500 There are many federal, state and local incentives available to encourage investment in real estate development. An applicant seeking benefits for any type of tax incentive will have the burden of proving eligibility and will be required to comply with a myriad of tests and standards. Property owners contemplating real estate development projects are well advised to educate themselves regarding incentives that may be available to the project. This analysis must be completed as part of the planning stage of the project, as most incentives require that applications be filed prior to the date of the commencement of the project. This article was written by Anthony J. Tucci, LLM, ESQ, CPA DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS 77 DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS SIEDC’S WEST SHORE BROWNFIELD OPPORTUNITY AREA S IEDC’s development of the 4,000-acre Green Zone is focused on the enhancement of environmental protection and commercial efforts on Staten Island. The Green Zone will increase the commercial viability of the West Shore and promote a new type of professional and environmental focus in the borough. One of the key strategies of this development program is the clean-up and reactivation of brownfields which are contaminated or compromised sites. To help address these sites and the overall development of the Green Zone, the SIEDC applied for a Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) grant through the New York State Department of State in September 2010. The BOA program is designed to assist groups such as the SIEDC to foster redevelopment and return dormant and blighted land into productive areas. The program provides resources to address local brownfields through area-wide brownfield redevelopment planning, access to expert environmental and economic analysis, and environmental site assessment for strategic redevelopment parcels. There are currently 47 active BOAs in New York State and 10 in New York City including two on Staten Island. Although no funding has been released to any applicant since SIEDC’s 2010 submission, there has been significant progress made through a relationship with the New York City Office of Environmental Remediation (NYCOER). SIEDC has entered into the city-wide spotlight as an agency committed to brownfield redevelopment and has received a $10,000 Technical Assistance Grant for the work related to the BOA application process and has been named a qualified vendor through NYCOER’s Brownfield Incentive Grant program. SIEDC was appointed to NYCOER’s BOA Steering Committee and has been selected as NYCOER’s local representative for outreach on Staten Island. SIEDC has also worked with a property owner to enroll their brownfield site into NYCOER’s program and with another to discuss a redevelopment plan for a remediated site with environmental consultants. The BOA that is proposed for the West Shore is within the boundaries of the larger Green Zone and is comprised of approximately 179 acres of industrial, vacant, and dormant land. However, there are also important active businesses within the BOA which form a network of strategic locations and partnerships. The sites within the BOA offer waterfront access and the potential for ferry, dock, and barge use as well as connections to rail lines and existing heavy infrastructure. There are existing industrial companies within the BOA who are committed to the Green movement and there is developable public land including the River Road site within the area. The BOA is in close proximity to strategic points such as the Teleport, the former NASCAR site, the Vanbro facility and the hotels and office parks located on and around South Avenue. 78 DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS Continued from previous page Brownfield Incentives Brownfields are defined as “real property, the redevelopment, expansion, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant”. The redevelopment of brownfields has reached a level of national importance in response to the recognized value that site remediation provides to community health, economic potential, and open space revitalization. Brownfields often restrict the expansion and achievement of economic development efforts. However, investment in remediation efforts create and retain jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, increase property values, increase the local tax revenue base, allow for infrastructure improvements, reduce the carbon footprint of a site and improve the water quality of a larger area. The SIEDC’s Brownfield Redevelopment Program offers property owners of contaminated or compromised sites assistance with government navigation, access to incentive programs and funding, and community outreach and planning. SIEDC also maintains a network of environmental and brownfield specialists who can assist owners with redevelopment and studies. DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS Continued from previous page Over the past 18 months, SIEDC has researched 57 sites throughout the borough and has begun working with three owners interested in redevelopment, incentives, or sale of their sites. SIEDC has also marketed four other sites for sale. An additional 40 sites have been eliminated from the program because they are no longer of any environmental concern to the community or they are enrolled in some sort of redevelopment process. Benefits of Being Included in the Brownfield Opportunity Area Include: • Expanded Competitiveness for Funding Programs • Improved Environmental Quality • Increased Property Values • Inventories of Environmental Data and Site Contamination for Sites • Partnerships with State Agencies • Predictability of Future Land Use and Development Opportunities • Remediation Strategies for Sites The various incentives which exist at the city, state and federal level can be difficult to navigate. By utilizing the services of SIEDC’s Brownfield Redevelopment Program, property owners who are interested in the brownfield cleanup process, funding, site evaluations, and accessing preferred vendors have a new and useful tool at their disposal. Some of the programs which are available to property owners are: Federal Government U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) • Area Wide Planning Pilot Program – Helps community-based partnership efforts within underserved or economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. • Assessment Grants - Provides funding up to $200,000 for a grant recipient to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct planning and community involvement related to brownfield sites. • Revolving Loan Fund - Provides funding for a grant recipient to capitalize a revolving loan fund and to provide subgrants to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites. • Cleanup Grants - Provides funding up to $200,000 per site for a grant recipient to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites. • Training Research and Technical Assistant Grants - Authorizes EPA to provide, or fund nonprofit organizations to provide brownfield training, research, and technical assistance. • Targeted Brownfield Assessments - Are designed to help states and municipalities minimize the uncertainties of contamination often associated with brownfields. 80 DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS Continued from previous page Internal Revenue Service (IRS) • Brownfield Tax Incentive Section 198(a) – The program makes environmental cleanup costs fully deductible in the year incurred, rather than capitalized and spread over time. Improvements in 2006 expanded the tax incentive to include petroleum cleanup. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) • Section 108 Loan Program - Provides for cities to borrow funds to spend on site environmental remediation, demolition, relocation payments and off-site improvements, which are common costs associated with brownfields sites. New York State New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) • Brownfield Cleanup Program - The goal is to enhance private-sector cleanups of brownfields and to reduce development pressure on "greenfields." • Environmental Restoration Program – Provides grants to municipalities to reimburse up to 90% of on-site eligible costs and 100% of off-site costs for site investigation and remediation activities. New York State Department of State (NYSDOS) • Brownfield Opportunity Area Program - Provides grants and technical support to help municipalities and community organizations complete and implement brownfield redevelopment plans. DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS Continued from previous page Office of the New York State Comptroller (NYSOSC) • New York State Oil Spill Fund - This fund is responsible for the cleanup of oil spills, the protection of the environment and public health, and the reimbursement of costs related to oil spills. New York City New York City Office of Environmental Remediation (NYCOER) • New York City Brownfield Cleanup Program – Enrollees will obtain a Notice of Completion and liability limitation against future environmental claims on the property. • New York City Brownfield Incentive Grant (BIG) Program - Grants assist brownfields throughout the development process, from the earliest stages of information gathering through environmental investigation and cleanup work. Funding is set aside for Phase I and Phase II assessments. • Environmental Technical Assistance – This program offers pro-bono counseling assistance by environmental consultants. NYC BUSINESS SOLUTIONS INDUSTRIAL SERVICES SIEDC prides itself with its consistent efforts to support the industrial and manufacturing sectors. Over the years our organization has played a major role in identifying industrial areas and worked to secure support programs that help businesses locate properties, expand their operations and increase employment. These programs include the City’s In Place Industrial Parks currently called the Industrial Ombudman’s Area, and the State’s Empire Zone Program that now operates on our West Shore as the Excelsior Job Program. Since 1993, SIEDC has been responsible for assisting in the utilization of hundreds of acres of vacant industrial land, the creation of 1,800 jobs and over $500 million in capital investment through these services. Companies that have been serviced include New York Container Terminal, Atlantic Salt, May Ship Repair, NRG Energy, Pratt Industries, Supreme Chocolatier, Vanbro Industries, Faztec Industries, The Teleport, and the Staten Island Corporate Park, to name a few. SIEDC provides industrial business assistance services throughout Staten Island. These services are part of the NYC Business Solutions brand of services, which are offered by the NYC Department of Small Business Services to help businesses start, operate and expand in New York City. The services are provided at no cost. These services include: • ACCESS TO FINANCING: We can help you package a loan application and select appropriate lenders, and recommend to you government programs that subsidize loans. • RECRUITMENT: The City of New York can pre-screen candidates for your job openings based on needed skills and other specifications, drawing from a pool of job applicants from all NYC Workforce One Career Centers. 82 DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS DEMOGRAPHICS, INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS Continued from previous page • INCENTIVES: If you plan to do leasehold improvements, purchase equipment, relocate, recruit, or reduce energy expenses, we can help you determine which government incentives would facilitate your projects. • TRAINING FUNDS: The city can pay for up to 70% of the costs of training your employees to acquire new skills and improve your business productivity. • NAVIGATING GOVERNMENT: Are you having problems obtaining services from city agencies? We can help. • OTHER SERVICES: Selling to Government, MWBE Certification, Business Courses, Legal Assistance. SIEDC’s professional staff are experts on the wealth of benefits and assistance programs available to industrial and manufacturing businesses located in Staten Island. These benefits are designed specifically to encourage the increased improvement of Staten Island’s industrial and manufacturing sector, a sector that provides stable, well-paying skilled jobs to Island residents. ABOUT SIEDC Section 5 OVERVIEW OF PROGRAMS, PROJECTS, EVENTS, DEVELOPMENT & MEMBERSHIP Since 1993, the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) has served the business community of Staten Island and contributed to its fiscal growth. Our mission is to enhance a thriving Staten Island economy by promoting public and private investment, and encouraging the development of commercial and industrial property and projects in an environmentally friendly manner, all of which improve the quality of life and provide broad and diverse employment opportunities. SIEDC administers thirty projects, programs and services that assist businesses and entrepreneurs from a wide variety of industry sectors and at various levels of business development. The organization is known in the Borough as the main service provider and â€œgo-toâ€? organization when something needs to get done for the betterment of Staten Island. Since its creation, SIEDC has been responsible for over $550 million in new investment, the creation of over 3,500 jobs and the development of over 1,000 acres of vacant industrial land by providing assistance to developers and companies implementing projects in the Borough, while at the same time serving the smallest entrepreneur and business owner with tailored financing, procurement, or real estate assistance. The SIEDC service menu is divided into four areas: Programs/Projects, Events, Development and Membership. Programs/Projects: SIEDC offers a wide range of projects and programs that are essential to the growth and development of local businesses such as: technical assistance, access to incentives and financing, and assistance with navigating government agencies. Photo courtesy of Fine Art Fotos Events: SIEDC executes high-profile networking and business-to-business events that include an annual Economic Development Conference, which is an all-day conference comprised of seminars, business-tobusiness vending, networking events, and keynote speaking sessions; a Green and Clean Expo, which provides information on sustainability, energy efficiency and recycling; and a Health and Wellness Expo, which is a day-long program of seminars, exhibitors, medical screenings and tests and fitness demonstrations that are all free and open to the public. 84 ABOUT SIEDC ABOUT SIEDC Continued from previous page Development: The Development Division centers on initiatives that focus on real estate development, attracting quality firms to the Borough, fostering public-private partnerships and Photo courtesy of Fine Art Fotos Photo courtesy of Fine Art Fotos seeking financing mechanisms with the aim of creating or renovating facilities to attract and retain growing businesses, generate jobs, revitalize aging industrial facilities, and remediate brownfield sites. Membership: The strongest component of SIEDC is its membership. In fact, many of the organization’s founding Board Members are still active to this day – preserving a continuity of leadership. Currently, SIEDC has over 200 members ranging from the most prominent individuals and corporations on Staten Island to the local small business owner and entrepreneur. The membership levels Photo courtesy of Fine Art Fotos include Board of Directors, Cabinet, Ambassadors, Executive Dining Network, Business Council, Building and Developer’s Circle, Leadership Institute, Green & Clean Council, 40 Under 40 Leadership Group, Land & Buildings Council and the Executive Women’s Council. Photo courtesy of Fine Art Fotos ABOUT SIEDC 85 ABOUT SIEDC SIEDC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS R. Randy Lee James P. Molinaro Stanley M. Friedman Bob Moore Lynn Rossi Ronald Sheppard John Alexander Aubrey Braz Anthony Ferreri Ed Birdie Michael Manzulli Chairman Lee & Amtzis 260 Christopher Lane Staten Island, NY 10314 718-983-8800 Secretary JPMorgan Chase 1317 Forest Avenue Staten Island, NY 10302 718-448-9364 Executive Committee Member SI University Hospital 475 Seaview Avenue Staten Island, NY 10305 718-226-9034 Vice-Chairman Borough President of Staten Island Borough Hall, Room 120 Staten Island, NY 10301 718-816-2030 Treasurer 900 South Ave., Ste 402 Staten Island, NY 10314 718-477-1400 Membership Manager New York Power Authority 123 Main Street White Plains, NY 10601 914-390-8180 Sr. Executive Vice-Chairman 900 South Ave., Ste 402 Staten Island, NY 10314 718-477-1400 Executive Committee Member Northfield Bank 1731 Victory Boulevard Staten Island, NY 10314 718-448-1000 x2501 Executive Vice-Chair 900 South Ave., Ste 402 Staten Island, NY 10314 718-477-1400 Executive Committee Member Con Edison One Davis Avenue Staten Island, NY 10310 718-390-6301 Chairman Emeritus Richmond County Savings Bank 1214 Castleton Avenue Staten Island, NY 10310 718-448-2800 SIEDC BOARD OF DIRECTORS Ralph Branca Joseph Carroll Robert McKee Joseph Doolan Seth Edwards Eugene Garaventa Felix Gilroy, Esq. Richard Guarasci Richard Kelly Sandy Krueger Hank Levin Victory State Bank 4142 Hylan Boulevard Staten Island, NY 10308 718-979-1100 TD Bank 1110 South Ave, Ste 300 Staten Island, NY 10314 718-313-2011 Wagner College One Campus Road Staten Island, NY 10301 718-390-3131 86 ABOUT SIEDC Citibank 1492 Hylan Boulevard Staten Island, NY 10305 718-243-2606 JPMorgan Chase 4 MetroTech Center, 3rd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201 718-242-1570 Capital One, N.A. 240 Page Ave. Staten Island, NY 10307 718- 948-9121 Port Authority of NY / NJ 5 Teleport Drive, Suite 200 Staten Island, NY 10311 718-697-3628 900 South Ave., Ste 402 Staten Island, NY 10314 718-477-1400 SIBOR 1535 Richmond Avenue, Suite 3 Staten Island, NY 10314 718-928-3220 x1521 Pamela Columbia Statewide Fire Corp. 2047 Victory Blvd Staten Island, NY 10314 718-494-6798 Attorney at Law 60 Bay Street Staten Island, NY 10301 718-981-8181 Pratt Industries Mill Division - NY 4435 Victory Boulevard Staten Island, NY 10314 718-370-1114 x286 As of 2/20/12 ABOUT SIEDC SIEDC BOARD OF DIRECTORS Carmine Manna Hylan Datacom & Electrical 2878 Gulf Avenue Staten Island, NY 10303 718-313-9000 Michael Menicucci Menicucci, Villa & Associates 2040 Victory Blvd. Staten Island, NY 10314 718-667-9090 Nancy Pouch CSI - Office of Continuing Education 2800 Victory Boulevard 2A-201 Staten Island, NY 10314 718-982-2184 Ray Masucci Kenneth Mitchell Paula Monteiro Richard Sabatini Josephine Savastano Frank Scollo Raymond Homes Inc. 101 Tyrellan Lane Staten Island, NY 10309 201-339-2900 Staten Island Terminal LLC 2541 Richmond Terrace Staten island, NY 10303 718-420-0400 Michael Stevens Time Warner Cable 120 East 23rd Street, 9th Fl New York, NY 10010 212-420-4823 614 Broadway Staten Island, NY 10310 718-442-3100 Sovereign Bank | Santander 1535 Richmond Avenue Staten Island, NY 10314 718-568-3871 Mark Tranchina The Vanderbilt at South Beach 300 Fr. Capodanno Blvd Staten Island, NY 10305 718-447-0800 Israel Discount Bank of NY 201 Edward Curry Avenue, Suite 204 Staten Island, NY 10314 718-698-4572 New York Container Terminal, Inc. 300 Western Avenue Staten Island, NY 10303 718-273-7000 x172 Victor E. Vientos National Grid 200 Gulf Avenue Staten Island, NY 10303 718-982-7416 SIEDC CABINET Ram Cherukuri Walter Daszkowski William Spiezia, L.S. Anthony Tucci, Esq. New York Fragrance 162 Port Richmond Ave Staten Island, NY 10302 718-816-1112 Rogers Surveying PLLC 1632 Richmond Terrace Staten Island, NY 10310 718-447-7311 x14 As of 2/20/12 Daszkowski, Tompkins & Weg PC 1303 Clove Road Staten Island, NY 10301 718-981-9600 Philip Guarnieri Empire State Bank 68 North Plank Road Newburgh, NY 12550 845-451-7802 David Rampulla Advertising on the SI Ferry 83 Cromwell Avenue Staten Island, NY 10304 718-351-2557 Law Office of Anthony Tucci 575 Midland Avenue Staten Island, NY 10306 718-980-2373 ABOUT SIEDC 87 ABOUT SIEDC AMBASSADORS Bob Bentson Bentson Insurance Group 653 Forest Avenue Staten Island, NY 10310 718-442-1771 Liam Gilroy Mass Mutual Financial Group 90 Park Ave, 18th Fl. New York, NY 10016 212-455-9122 Chris Ressa RJW Brokerage Corp. 651 Willowbrook Rd # 204 Staten Island, NY 10314 718-370-8600 Barrington Burke-Green Visiting Nurse Association of Staten Island 400 Lake Avenue Staten Island, NY 10303 718-816-3437 John R. Merlino Jr., Esq. Merlino & Gonzalez 1259 Richmond Avenue Staten Island, NY 10314 718-698-2200 Brad Silber Industry Magazine 900 South Ave, 3rd Fl. Staten Island, NY 10314 718-568-3529 Bob Cutrona, Sr. Project-One Services, Inc. 899 Manor Road Staten Island, NY 10314 718-761-8390 Michael Motelson Dome Property Management, Inc. 109 Winant Place Staten Island, NY 10309 718-605-2500 Captain Libaniel Urbina The Salvation Army 15 Broad Street Staten Island, NY 10304 718-448-8480 John DiFazio Faztec Industries 38 Kinsey Place Staten Island, NY 10303 718-720-6966 Frank N. Naso The Naso Organization 32 Lincoln Street Staten Island, NY 10314 718-698-7869 EXECUTIVE DINING NETWORK Fred Forte Takayama 17 Page Avenue Staten Island, NY 10309 718-227-8744 Eddie Ljukovic LaBella 4126 Hylan Blvd Staten Island, NY 10308 718-569-3180 Edward Gomez Da Noi Restaurant 4358 Victory Boulevard Staten Island, NY 10314 718-720-1650 Vincent Malerba Angelina's Ristorante 399 Ellis Street Staten Island, NY 10307 718-227-7100 Joseph LaRocca Nove Italian Bistro 3900 Richmond Avenue Staten Island, NY 10312 718-227-3286 Franco Ortega Italianissimo Ristorante 107 McClean Avenue Staten Island, NY 10305 718-442-4442 BUSINESS COUNCIL Jerry Amerosi Gerald Peters Goldmine Jewelers 2655 Richmond Avenue Staten Island, NY 10314 718-477-4000 88 ABOUT SIEDC Chris Williams Williams Eye Works 1884 Victory Boulevard Staten Island, NY 10314 718-273-5000 Frank Bennett A.F. Bennett Salon & Wellness Spa 350 New Dorp Lane Staten Island, NY 10306 718 979-9000 Frank Sanchez Lorenzoâ€™s Restaurant, Bar & Cabaret 1100 South Avenue Staten Island, NY 10314 718-477-2400 Salvatore Settepani Pasticceria Bruno 676 Forest Avenue Staten Island, NY 10310 718-448-0993 Kent Tse Fushimi Modern Japanese Cuisine & Lounge 2110 Richmond Road Staten Island, NY 10306 718-980-5300 Vincent Bonomi Special Tees 250 Buel Avenue Staten Island, NY 10305 718-309-7400 As of 2/20/12 ABOUT SIEDC BUSINESS COUNCIL Arnold Casale The Original Soup Man 1110 South Ave, Ste 100 Staten Island, NY 10314 212-768-7687 Sergey Guberman Edible Arrangements 39 Victory Boulevard Staten Island, NY 10301 347-466-5699 Bret Moleta Mindsaw.com 900 South Avenue Staten Island, NY 10314 718-227-2300 Claire Bisignano Chesnoff Claire Properties 3117 Richmond Rd. Staten Island, NY 10306 718-524-4424 David Gutman Merchant Data Systems 1303 Clove Road Staten Island, NY 10301 718-981-9600 Manish M. Patni, CHA M + R Hospitality Management 144-17 156th Street Jamaica, NY 11434 718-276-8689 x102 Mike Cobucci Costco Wholesale 2975 Richmond Ave Staten Island, NY 10314 718-790-7164 Richard Grado Creative Media 66 Willow Ave., Ste. 202 Staten Island, NY 10305 718-556-4200 Nick DiBenedetto Primary Care Ambulance 237 Woodward Avenue Staten Island, NY 10314 718-975-0600 Jack Hoffman Transportation Solutions Group, TSS Affiliated Computer Services A Xerox Company 1150 South Avenue Staten Island, NY 10314 718-313-9609 Christopher Fazio Approved Energy, A div. of Approved Oil Co. 6741 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11220 718-238-1050 David Fazio DeVille Auto Collision, Inc. 2432 Richmond Terrace Staten Island, NY 10302 718-816-8929 Ken Formica Flag Container Services, Inc. 11 Ferry Street Staten Island, NY 10302 718-720-4650 Ed Fucini Chris Limousines U.S.A. Inc. 139 Woodruff Lane Staten Island, NY 10310 718-442-4636 Flint Gennari Fine Art Fotos & Video 118 Prospect Avenue Staten Island, NY 10301 718-273-2130 90 ABOUT SIEDC Allan Katz Comprehensive Wealth Management Group LLC 1146 Forest Avenue, 2nd Floor Staten Island, NY 10310 718-980-3737 Anthony Libecci The Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation 543 Cary Ave Staten Island, NY 10310 718-980-7037 Fred Limeri Limeri Insurance Agency 3929 Amboy Road Staten Island, NY 10308 718-227-0808 Ronald S. Malanga RGM Signs & Awnings Inc. 1234 Castleton Avenue Staten Island, NY 10310 718-442-0598 David Powell Reliable Office Systems 4442 Arthur Kill Road Staten Island, NY 10309 718-967-6000 x213 Lenny Rampulla Rampulla Architects, PC 155 3rd Street Staten Island, NY 10306 718-987-1310 Jane Rogers SI Yankees 75 Richmond Terrace Staten Island, NY 10301 718-720-9265 x211 Tricia Sabatini Staten Island Terminal LLC 2541 Richmond Terrace Staten island, NY 10303 718-420-0400 Donald Sarcone DeSantis, Kiefer, Shall & Sarcone, LLP 1675 Richmond Rd Staten Island, NY 10304 718-351-2233 x202 David Sorkin Jewish Community Center of Staten Island 1466 Manor Road Staten Island, NY 10314 718-475-5200 As of 2/20/12 ABOUT SIEDC BUSINESS COUNCIL Salvatore Sottile Sottile Security International, Inc. 40 Exchange Place, 4th Floor New York, NY 10005 718-448-0148 Margaret Souza, Ph.D. Empire State College Staten Island Unit 500 Seaview Avenue Staten Island, NY 10305 718-667-7524 x1776 Bob Stimell US Coffee 51 Alpha Plaza Hicksville, NY 11801 800-776-2866 x571 Jennifer Troianiello Office Equipment Co. of SI 2366 Forest Avenue Staten Island, NY 10303 718-273-3605 Richard Travers NRG Energy 4401 Victory Boulevard Staten Island, NY 10314 718-390-2776 Luz Villada HealthPlus 241 37th Street, 4th floor Brooklyn, NY 11232 718-840-4492 Matthew Zocco Hi NRG Sound Production 2110 Clove Road Staten Island, NY 10305 718-818-8490 BUILDING & DEVELOPERâ€™S CIRCLE Michael Abboud Outerbridge Group for Development 101 M Ellis Street Staten Island, NY 10307 718-317-0124 Mohamed Adam May Ship Repair 3075 Richmond Terrace Staten Island, NY 10303 718 442-9700 x20 Dominick Ciccarelli Think Design Architecture 101 Victory Boulevard Staten Island, NY 10301 718-987-3729 Brian DeForest Atlantic Salt Co. 561 Richmond Terrace Staten Island, NY 10309 718-816-7200 As of 2/20/12 Michael DePompo Blade Construction 188 Van Buren Street Staten Island, NY 10301 718-727-2100 Jim Virga ABCO Maintenance 834 Morrow Street Staten Island, NY 10303 718-816-7575 Peter Franchini Flag Container Services, Inc. 11 Ferry Street Staten Island, NY 10302 718-720-4650 James Witte Donjon Recycling 2453 Arthur Kill Road Staten Island, NY 10309 718-984-4100z Richard Martucci WWC Corp. General Contractors 114 Spencer Street Staten Island, NY 10314 718-698-9577 Josiah A. Wuestneck, PE, PP Ironstate Development 50 Washington Street Hoboken, NJ 07030 201-963-5200 x5144 Frank Rizzo Cornerstone Realty Partners, Inc. 1765 Victory Boulevard Staten Island, NY 10314 718-447-8100 ABOUT SIEDC 91 ABOUT SIEDC LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE Regina Boukhvalova Northfield Bank 1731 Victory Blvd. Staten Island, NY 10314 718-448-1000 x1535 Kim Flotteron Falk & Associates, LLC 843 Rahway Avenue Woodbridge, NJ 07095 732-877-1500 x3 Brian Gomez TD Bank 1837 Richmond Avenue Staten Island, NY 10314 718-982-1124 Henry Rau I-Net Computer Solutions, Inc. 4 Tatro Street Staten Island, NY 10306 718-351-0099 Tara Roed Let Them Eat Cupcakes! 347-247-1184 Frank Sanchez Hilton Garden Inn 1100 South Avenue Staten Island, NY 10314 718-477-2400 Cory Schifter Casale Jewelers 1639 Richmond Road Staten Island, NY 10304 718-351-8300 Joseph Torres Merrill Lynch 900 South Avenue Staten Island, NY 10314 718-494-5503 Ryan Walsh Walsh Electrical Contracting, Inc. 76 Midland Avenue Staten Island, NY 10306 718-351-3399 Dario Pompeo Lotus Advisory Group 1303 Clove Road Staten Island, NY 10301 718-981-0600 GREEN & CLEAN COUNCIL Libia Colon Free Lighting 87 Wright Street Staten Island, NY 10304 718-720-2209 Gary Grecco EnergyPro Insulation 155 Androvette Street Staten Island, NY 10309 718-984-7211 Gary Timblin Brighton USA Ltd. 814 Richmond Terrace Staten Island, NY 10301 718-447-2000 Alexander J. Federico IV Coastal Plumbing Supply Co., Inc. 480 Bay Street Staten Island, NY 10304 347-745-1191 x1198 James Imbro SI Renewable Energy 467 Vernon Avenue Staten Island, NY 10309 Ryan Walsh Walsh Electrical Contracting Inc. 76 Midland Ave Staten Island, NY 10306 718-351-3399 Alfred Gill Neighborhood Housing Services of SI 700 Castleton Avenue Staten Island, NY 10310 718-442-8081 92 ABOUT SIEDC Charlie Oliver Greenbuildingevents.com 394 Broadway, 5th Floor New York, NY 10013 As of 2/20/12 ABOUT SIEDC 40 UNDER 40 LEADERSHIP GROUP Jared Glick Shredability 25 Victory Boulevard, 2nd Floor Staten Island, NY 10301 888-220-9730 Erik Anderson The Price Is Right Movers 579 Winant Ave Staten Island, NY 10309 347-630-7477 Charles Balducci NYC Arts Cypher 12 Broad Street Staten Island, NY 10304 718-981-8510 Barbara Bellesi The Employment Network/ Collegebound Network 1200 South Ave, Ste 202 Staten Island, NY 10314 718-307-6250 Ryan Brehm The Sign Guy 35 Hancock Street Staten Island, NY 10305 718-667-3492 Frank Buthorn Crown Trophy 1374 Richmond Road Staten Island, NY 10304 718-987-0002 Dan Caropreso Magicx Studios 359 Cleveland Avenue, Suite 2 Staten Island, NY 10308 718-554-1383 Salvatore Criscuolo DaddyOâ€™s BBQ & Sports Bar 35 Androvette Street Staten Island, NY 10309 718-948-3333 As of 2/20/12 Jak Daragjati JD Systems 322 Arlene Street Staten Island, NY 10314 718-775-6913 Jennifer Limeri Limeri Insurance Agency 3929 Amboy Road Staten Island, NY 10308 718-227-0808 Neal DeVito New York Rock Salt 335 Chelsea Road Staten Island, NY 10314 718-873-0805 Richard A. Luthmann, Esq., JD LLM The Luthmann Law Firm, PLLC 2040 Victory Boulevard Staten Island, NY 10314 347-270-8502 Massimo DiDonna Partners in Sound Production 18 Hervey Street Staten Island, NY 10309 718-967-7347 Michael Paul Gaglio Paul Gaglio General Contractors, Inc. 115 Martin Avenue, Suite 3 Staten Island, NY 10314 718-698-4919 Dil Gillani Gillani Homes 62 Sand Lane Staten Island, NY 10305 718-442-4400 Richard Ippolito, Jr. R. Ippolito Distributing 4865 Arthur Kill Road Staten Island, NY 10309 718-948-0330 Elvis Kraljev Posh Baby & Teen 2935 Veterans Road West Staten Island, NY 10309 718-227-7506 Nick Legakis St. John's University 300 Howard Avenue Staten Island, NY 10301 718-390-4146 William Mehnert Sovereign Bank | Santander 6975 Amboy Road Staten Island, NY 10307 718-569-3500 Joseph Milano Northwestern Mutual 1602 Richmond Road, 2nd Floor Staten Island, NY 10304 718-987-8000 Christopher Otterbeck The Otterbeck Law Firm 939 Huguenot Ave Staten Island, NY 10312 718-967-3737 Michael Piazza Paving Arts 100 Hickory Avenue Staten Island, NY 10305 718-227-7283 Anthony Rapacciulo Prcision LLC 372 Ionia Avenue Staten Island, NY 10312 718-490-5023 Rebecca Russo Iacobellis Iacobellis & Joyce CPAs, LLP 18 Hervey Street Staten Island, NY 10309 646-302-3120 Anthony Libecci Aflac Insurance 900 South Ave, Suite 100 Staten Island, NY 10314 718-644-3215 ABOUT SIEDC 93 ABOUT SIEDC 40 UNDER 40 LEADERSHIP GROUP Michael Scarimbolo Advisors Mortgage Group, LLC. 2672 Amboy Road 2A Staten Island, NY 10309 718-984-2600 x13 Christopher Spinella Chris Nipz Design 1110 South Ave, Suite 3 Staten Island, NY 10314 347-307-2095 Benny Umbra USA Tax Prep Plus, LLC 3929 Amboy Road Staten Island, NY 10308 718-878-6366 Shane Sorrento Apex Credit Solutions, Inc. 1110 South Ave Staten Island, NY 10314 718-701-2252 Philip Squatrito, DDS Healthy Smiles of Staten Island 142 Annadale Road Staten Island, NY 10312 718-948-1600 Steve Villamarin Villamarin Auto World 2699 Richmond Terrace Staten Island, NY 10303 718-442-1155 George Kaye Southport Plaza 1150 South Avenue Staten Island, NY 10314 718-761-9600 Michael Schneider Massey Knakal 205 Montague Street, 3rd Fl. Brooklyn, NY 11201 718-307-6527 Robert Fitzsimmons, Jr. Gateway Arms Realty Corp. 285 St. Marks Place Staten Island, NY 10301 718-273-3800 Richard Martucci WWC Corp. General Contractors 114 Spencer Street Staten Island, NY 10314 718-698-9577 Bobby Vanderbilt Vanbro 1900 South Avenue Staten Island, NY 10314 718-698-1100 Joseph Fortunato MJ Fortunato Septic 26 Johnson Street Staten Island, NY 10109 718-356-6398 Thomas McAuley County Tree Care Inc. 125 Androvette Street Staten Island, NY 10309 718-966-8000 LAND & BUILDINGS COUNCIL Michael Abboud Outerbridge Group for Development 101 M Ellis Street Staten Island, NY 10307 718-317-0124 Jennifer Arlen SI Behavioral Network 777 Seaview Avenue, #2 Staten Island, NY 10305 718-351-5530 Xiomara Ayala Marathon Bank 1200 Forest Avenue Staten Island, NY 10310 718-727-5670 94 ABOUT SIEDC EXECUTIVE WOMENâ€™S COUNCIL Paula Caputo Richmond University Medical Center 355 Bard Ave, Villa Building, 1st fl. Staten Island, NY 10310 718-818-2102 Melanie Franklin Cohn Council on the Arts & Humanities for SI 1000 Richmond Terrace Staten Island, NY 10301 718-447-3329 Pamela Columbia Statewide Fire Corp. 2047 Victory Blvd. Staten Island, NY 10314 718-494-6798 Janet Warren Dugo SI Business Trends 66 Willow Ave Staten Island, NY 10305 718-556-4200 As of 2/20/12 ABOUT SIEDC EXECUTIVE WOMEN’S COUNCIL Gerry Fredericksen Love Travel, LLC 41 Ardsley St Staten Island, NY 10306 718-987-9663 Juliet Lewis Con Edison 1 Davis Avenue Staten Island, NY 10310 718-390-6303 Terry Tarangelo Signature Bank 2066 Hylan Boulevard Staten Island, NY 10306 718-621-7415 Joan Galestro TD Bank 126 Page Ave. Staten Island, NY 10306 718-227-5071 Chrissy Mazzola North American D.F., Inc. 280 Watchogue Road Staten Island, NY 10314 718-698-2500 Terry Troia Project Hospitality 100 Park Avenue Staten Island, NY 10302 718-448-1544 x110 Joanne Gerenser, PhD The Eden II Programs 150 Granite Avenue Staten Island, NY 10303 718-816-1422 x115 Jeanne Sarno Empire State Bank 1361 North Railroad Ave Staten Island, NY 10306 347-592-1938 Linda Walsh Walsh Electrical Contracting Inc. 76 Midland Ave Staten Island, NY 10306 718-351-3399 Olga Grappel European Wax Center 2381 Hylan Boulevard Staten Island, NY 10306 718-980-3300 Lenore Schwartz Total Electric 388 South Avenue Staten Island, NY 10303 718-273-9300 Reneé Wood Reneé Wood & Associates, LLC 1-800-475-1053 Jennifer Gray-Brumskine Conte’s Global Enterprises Inc. 347-489-1953 Lori Sinagra Robert DeFalco Realty 1678 Hylan Blvd Staten Island, NY 10305 718-987-7900 Robin Lefkowitz Eileen Merkent Northfield Bank 1731 Victory Blvd Staten Island, NY 10314 718-448-1000 Serena Stonick Lahr, Dillon, Manzulli, Kelley & Penett, PC 33 Decker Avenue Staten Island, NY 10302 718-447-8841 x17 TRIFECTA SPONSORS Approved Energy, A division of Approved Oil Company Chris Fazio 6741 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11220 718-238-1050 DeSantis, Kiefer, Shall & Sarcone, LLP Donald Sarcone, CPA 1675 Richmond Road Staten Island, NY 10304 718-351-2233 x202 Blue Star Group Tom Costa 445 Woodvale Avenue Staten Island, NY 10309 718-689-9999 DM Advisors Ilyssa DeCasperis Kim Moore-Ward 59 Tanglewood Dr. Staten Island, NY 10308 718-344-7742 As of 2/20/12 ECHO Pasquale Loporcaro 4288 Arthur Kill Rd, Ste 4 Staten Island,, NY 10309 718-967-9086 Empire State Bank Jeanne Sarno 1361 North Railroad Ave Staten Island, NY 10306 347-592-1938 ABOUT SIEDC 95 ABOUT SIEDC TRIFECTA SPONSORS Free Lighting Libia Colon 87 Wright St. Staten Island, NY 10304 718-720-2209 Hudson City Savings Bank Denis Salamone 4106 Hylan Boulevard Staten Island, NY 10308 201-967-1900 Statewide Fire Corp. Pamela Columbia 2047 Victory Blvd. Staten Island, NY 10314 718-494-6798 Gaeta, Inc. Justin Gaeta 25 Van Street Staten Island, NY 10310 718-720-7220 North American D.F., Inc. Chrissy Mazzola 280 Watchogue Road Staten Island, NY 10314 718-698-2500 Total Electric Lenore Schwartz 388 South Avenue Staten Island, NY 10303 718-273-9300 As of 2/20/12