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Staten Island Is Slowly Turning Into One Giant Mall


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New Jersey is often the butt of most mall jokes, but a new development that's in the works in could have Staten Island someday taking the title of Most Mall-Replete. Along with the forthcoming Empire Outlets, which will open on Black Friday 2016 and include a Nordstrom Rack, an H&M, and the world's largest Ferris wheel, SI Live reports that what is now the site of former "hulking, rusted, empty liquefied natural gas tanks" will soon be a—you guessed it—mall.

"This will have a Woodbury Common-type designer mall, business loop and big box store component, along with community access to the waterfront," said property owner Chaim Babad.

Current (preliminary) renderings have one side of the Rossville complex developed into 366,000 square feet of retail, which will be a mix of name-brand and outlet stores, restaurants, and a 16-screen movie theater, all surrounding an outdoor plaza and anchored by four big box stores.

All this is far in the future, however—current zoning law restrict the property to "heavy manufacturing use," and until those rusting tanks are demolished, the site will continue to look like this: