FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 file photo, a damaged home tilts to one side along the beach in the Belle Harbor section of the borough of Queens, New York, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. A coastal storm that threatens to complicate the Superstorm Sandy cleanup efforts on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 now looks like it will be weaker than expected, experts say. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
NEW YORK (AP) -- While New York City grapples with rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, developers are pressing ahead with plans to build the world's largest Ferris wheel on the shoreline of storm-torn Staten Island.
Sandy's flooding spurred some changes to the nearly $500 million project, which includes an outlet mall and hotel. But developers haven't slowed it or scaled it back.
Supporters say Staten Island needs the boost now more than ever.
Some residents have asked whether it makes sense to push ahead with a tourist attraction, set partly in a flood zone, before officials take a comprehensive look at how to build smarter after Sandy.
Wheel developer Richard Marin says the project stands to provide a one-of-a-kind boon that Staten Island "would have no other way of getting right now."
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