The redevelopment to Staten Island’s very own abandoned Farm Colony could be opening it’s doors as early as next year with redevelopment opportunities. The City Council approved the plan of turning the 45-acre plot that sits across from the former Seaview Hospital, which is now a long-term care facility that goes by the same name, into 344 condos that will be marketed towards seniors, as well as having a publicly accessible open space.

The plan was approved by both the City Council and the Landmarks Preservation Commision, allowing the New York Economic Development Corporation to sell the land to a Staten Island-based developer, Raymond Masucci, for only $1. That is right! Only one dollar!

Masucci will spend about $91 million to redevelop the land into condo-buildings for residents of 55 years and older. Thirty four of those apartments will also be set aside for senior affordable housing. Then, 17-acres of the area will be developed into an open space landscape. Staten Island is replacing the large area of abandoned, derelicted buildings into senior-targeting apartments and a chunk of open space land.

The Farm Colony was a poorhouse in the beginning of the 1800s. By the middle of the 20th Century, the number of people living there reduced greatly, but it was still a government run facility until 1975, which is when it closed down. Five of the 11 remaining building on the plot will be rehabilitated, while the remaining will be torn down. A men’s dormitory that is over 100-years old will be preserved, while the new additions to the landmark will include three six-story apartment buildings and 14 multiple unit townhouses.  


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