Tottenville, Staten Island: Difference between revisions

=== 21st century ===
Many large, stately homes built in Tottenville in the 19th century remain standing. However, in recent years, land developers have been buying up the property on which several of these homes have stood, with the intention of demolishing them and constructing [[townhouse]]s on the property. The fate of one such home at 7484 Amboy Road, which had been the parsonage of Bethel Methodist Church, locatedand at 7484 Amboy Road, (there wascontained an extremely large back yard to this house)backyard, became the focus of an intense local controversy in March, 2005, when the community rose up in opposition to plans by builder John Grossi, who had purchased the property, to raze the home and construct five townhouse units on the site. On March 17 Grossi angrily spray-painted [[graffiti]] on the house, built circa 1870, which included a threat to populate it with low-income tenants under the federal [[Section 8 (housing)|Section 8]] housing program; the resulting public outcry prompted [[New York City mayor]] [[Michael Bloomberg]] to have the home declared a landmark, thus preventing its demolition. Bloomberg announced his decision to do this during a visit to Tottenville on March 22, and the [[New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission]] made the designation official on April 12. After years of remaining uninhabited and in disrepair, the home was restored to its former glory in 2017.
In March 2008, over 20 blocks in the northern section of the neighborhood were changed over to one-way streets, more effectively managing traffic on the older, narrower blocks.
In 2016, {{convert|30 acres|acre}} of the Nassau Smelting property were purchased from [[Lucent Technologies]] by a consortium of Bridgewater Capital and the Brooklyn-based Riseman family. Plans to rezone the property from Manufacturing (M) to residential (RX3) in order to develop residential housing units were met with staunch criticism from the community due to concerns over contaminated soil from the heavy metals that were recycled during Lucent Technologies tenure of operation. The future use of this property remains undetermined.