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City's First Outlet Mall Starts to Take Shape in Staten Island

By Nicholas Rizzi | September 27, 2016 5:00pm
 Workers poured 2,800 cubic yards of concrete for the project's waterfront loading dock.
Empire Outlets Concrete Pour
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ST. GEORGE — The first outlet mall in New York City has a base.

Workers spent 12 hours pouring a massive amount of concrete to first part of the Empire Outlets project.

Crews at the site poured 2,800 cubic yards of concrete for the foundation of the site's waterfront loading dock between Friday night and Saturday morning, a spokesman for developers BFC Partners said.

(Photo credit: BFC Partners)

The $304 million complex will bring 100 outlet stores, a 190-room hotel and a 1,250-space parking garage at former parking lots adjacent to the St. George Ferry Terminal.

The city officially announced the project in 2012, along with a giant observation wheel next to it, and developers broke ground in April 2015.

Numerous retailers have taken space at the spot including Nike, H&M, Nordstrom Rack, Banana Republic, an "artisanal" food spot run by the team who started the Meatpacking District's Gansevoort Market, and the borough's first Two Boots pizza restaurant.

The project was criticized in February after it was granted nearly $47 million in state subsidies — more money than BFC Partners put in — after developers donated more than $85,000 to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's re-election campaign.

A source in the project previously said the funds would only be used to build the infrastructure — like the public parking garage and storm protections — and a spokesman for the governor told Politico New York the contributions had no effect on the funding.

Last week, the developers fired their managing construction company, LPCiminelli, after two top executives were charged with allegedly paying thousands of dollars in bribes to win a state contract, the Staten Island Advance reported.

Developers expect the mall to open in 2017.