While Staten Island is typically identified as the forgotten New York City borough, a recent influx in development indicates that may be changing. Major new developments are driving residents and businesses to the Island, resulting in strong projected economic and population growth over the next few years. New development requires a great deal of coordination, especially in a New York City borough. Bohler’s played a role in the Staten Island transformation with several new projects.
Corporate Commons Three is bringing a new definition to mixed-use development on Staten Island. This 330,000 SF, LEED certified building is the newest and largest development within The Corporate Park of Staten Island, currently home to over one million square feet of office and hospitality space. The entire development is owned and managed by the largest private developer on Staten Island, The Nicotra Group, LLC. The award-winning firm is led by philanthropists Richard and Lois Nicotra, who are recognized as leaders in the industry for their community outreach and eco-friendly, state-of-the-art developments.
Corporate Commons Three is an eight-story office building that also features an organic rooftop farm and a social enterprise eatery. The rooftop farm will produce organic food including honey and vegetables to be used at the hospitality properties within The Corporate Park of Staten Island. The restaurant, Pienza Pizza, Pasta & Porchetta, is the second social enterprise eatery owned by the Nicotras and will follow the same business model by donating all profits to charity. On the grounds surrounding the building, there is a vineyard that will produce table grapes for donation to local food banks, as well as an outdoor classroom and walking trails within a preserved two-acre wooded site. The innovative project will create more than 2,500 jobs alone. Bohler Engineering is providing civil engineering, permitting and construction administration services.
The success of this project lies in the coordination with local agencies and the site owner, The Nicotra Group, LLC. Bohler’s design experts received a determination from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Environmental Conservation and the Parks Department to discharge rainwater to a natural wetland nearby. This complex approval process from the three agencies reduced the need for an additional stormwater detention system. Green infrastructure practices also reduced flooding and promoted a more natural water infiltration process with over two dozen bioswales.
A four-story, 95-unit Sunrise Senior Living facility is coming to the East Shore of Staten Island, alongside further potential developments including a daycare and medical office building, and an elementary school. The new development will provide access to neighboring areas and shared parking for all three buildings. Bohler Engineering is providing civil engineering, permitting and landscape architecture services.
Through analyzing the surrounding outfalls for storm and waste water, our design experts identified an opportunity to utilize natural landscaping as a best management practice, reducing the need for costly underground conveyance piping and stormwater detention facilities. The result of no stormwater detention system saved significant project time and costs, and is unique both for New York City and the project’s size.
The Boulevard, formerly known as the Hylan Plaza, is a 24-acre, 460,000 SF open air shopping center redevelopment in New Dorp Beach. Upon completion in 2019, the multi-level mall will feature more than 60 retailers.
Bohler’s Permitting Managers are experts in navigating the unique and complex processes of municipal agencies throughout the five boroughs. They are securing more than 30 permit approvals from New York City regulatory agencies including the Office of Environmental Remediation, Planning Commission, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Buildings and the Fire Department.