Hopes for Village Piazza to Revitalize Downtown

Do you think the planned Village Piazza will be good or bad for Glen Cove's downtown?

in August 2011, applicant and hopeful Village Piazza developer Michael Puntillo said, "This project will be a victory for the city. It will be a victory for job creation, the tax base, and for providing housing young people need, and especially for the businesses downtown."

The four five-story buildings will contain 142 residential apartments as well as 27,000 square feet of retail space. 

What do you think this will mean for the city's downtown? Do you look forward to the addition? Do you have concerns? 

Vote in our poll, and share any thoughts in the comments section below.

Tess June 06, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Not sure -- If our area becomes like a Pt Jefferson type..would that be good, or would be be bad? Personally, I wish we didnt have so many undesirables living here! Maybe if it brings in Jobs for our community and progress - that would be great.......but I miss the old fashion quiet town we used to have too.... I am just tired of our taxes going up........costs me $1,000 a month just for the damn taxes!!
Cathy Maloney June 07, 2012 at 01:09 AM
I think that it is a mistake to build four story buildings for the young people to rent-- since most young people who have high paying jobs work in Manhattan and would not rent in Glen Cove because we do not have a direct line LIRR to Manhattan. I would like prior to building these apartments for a prospectus to list rental fees for studios, one bedroom, two bedrooms and three bedroom. IF the fees are reasonable POSSIBLY we might get an infux of young fresh tenants. Let us remember that Avolon was built to be the same fresh influx of rentees and THAT NEVER HAPPENED. If these apartments become Section 8 welfare it will make the area much whose for all of Glen Cove. I would like the City Council to do more RESEARCH so that THIS development CAN be an assest for the community.
Merrick7 June 07, 2012 at 05:20 AM
To clarify NYIT Med students are renters in these apartments. Med students while not necessarily high profile renters are likely to also complete residencies on LI in LIJ, St Francis, Schneiders Hospital, Winthrop to name a few. So they would likely move into other apartments in Glen Cove later after leaving these apartments. Also med students are often well behaved, well educated and interested in culture and do like to shop and hangout downtown. That is from studies with college towns which have med schools on campus. Mineolahas experienced a rebirth thanks to apartment building additions and winthrop hospitals continuing expansion of employees and buildings.
Cathy Maloney June 07, 2012 at 09:59 AM
I am unsure if the comment above is concerning the apartments in the Avalon Apartment group. If in fact it is, I did not have that knowledge and you are correct with hospitals in the area, as long as rentals fees are not to expensive. I would like to know the percentage rented there, if it is over 85% ..then I stand corrected about Avalon.
Merrick7 June 07, 2012 at 03:06 PM
@Cathy, no this is not about Avalon this is the Piazza apartments being built a large percentage are being reserved for these med students
Joe June 08, 2012 at 02:56 AM
@Merrick7 "reserved for these med students" Are you the rental agent? If not, how did you come by your information?
Merrick7 June 08, 2012 at 04:19 PM
No i am not the rental agent. In the news moths ago NYIT released the news as well as thedeveloper in zoning meetings before glen cove explained to the zoning board and before the BOT. I think patch has articles on it if you search back. But please try to be civil because you didnt follow this story doesnt require a comment like that
joe June 08, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Sorry for your thin skin. Reporting on hearsay/story is just that hearsay/story. Unless the developer delivered supporting documents and under FOIL the citizens may review for accuracies please don’t report as etched in stone. Signing rental agreements aren’t leases and reserving units for a specific clientele violates article 12 of the New York State Property Law. My comment(s) and how said is all our First Amendment Right.
Tess June 10, 2012 at 09:33 AM
I had a g/f who was renting an apt in the First Avalon here for $1,850 - one bedroom.....once her lease was up, the Avalon wanted to charge her $3,000 for her apt. It didnt make sense to me why they want to raise her rent so high. I thought apts were legally bound to only renting according to the rent percentage law... for either a one year or two year lease. She said the Avalon said, it seems many people losing their homes and need places to stay---therefore they are increasing their rents to accomodate those individuals and if she didnt like the rent increase, she can always move......Well, moved she did - but how sad is that! ...Was that legal for them to want to raise her rent from $1,850 to $3,000 ?
Merrick7 June 12, 2012 at 02:11 AM
The only person with thin skin as you put it is you. And again your tone was impolite. Of course its your "first amendment" right to write and speak as you please. That has nothing to do with be respectful, civil or courteous. This is not about having the freedom to do something it is about doing something to be polite. So a real and interesting discussion could happen without insulting or putting down others. I am aware of the laws you cite but you ignored my points that what I said was yes it was announced and cited at meetings I attended. I never said anything was "etched in stone." Jeez man calm down.
Linda Wiegel June 13, 2012 at 02:07 PM
This project will be a disaster. There is not enough parking in the area as it is....if they think the use of the One/Three School Street garage will be possible, think again...the garage is in such terrible shape it is a wonder it hasn't crumbled to the ground already. As for commercial space, look around - how many "for rent" signs do you see in Glen Cove?? What business is going to be able to afford the rents that will be charged? This project is doomed to failure.
Joey June 21, 2012 at 01:33 AM
"Jeez man calm down" You make it personal each and every time. Three quarters of your last dealt with feelings not substance. You didn’t address “hearsay” or “reserve” apartments. Report verifiable facts not fiction and stop your diatribe.
Lorraine August 16, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I believe the current owner of the Village Square would do much better to renovate and fix up the current buildings. There are currently many vacancies. What makes him think he's going to fill up the new Piazza. The current state of the square is disgraceful. How can Mayor Suozzi not have the owner tend to his housekeeping. The condition of the walkways is both dangerous and a liability hazard waiting to happen.


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