In June, City Limits wrote about a development proposal in the Mariners Harbor neighborhood of Staten Island that would include a BJ’s store, a gas station and a parking lot next to several acres of wetlands.
The City Council and City Planning Commission approved the proposal back in 2017, apparently satisfied by steps the developer agreed to take to protect the wetlands.
Local advocates do not share that sense of satisfaction. Wetlands are a critical environmental resource as climate change causes rising sea levels and more intense coastal storms.
The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation is now in the process of deciding whether to grant the developer the permit it would need to proceed. The public comment period opened last week and lasts until August 30.