RXR Realty unveiled its plans for the Village Square residential and retail project, which city officials view as key to the revitalization of downtown Glen Cove.
The plans call for 146 apartments in a single four-to-five-story building, with more than 17,500 square feet of retail space on the bottom and a public plaza that would be deeded to the city and used for concerts, holiday celebrations and other events.
Lambertville, N.J.-based lead architect David Minno touted the different colors and shapes of the building, which includes a rounded corner at one edge of the plaza, flat facades elsewhere and different designs for each section of rooftop.
The inspiration was in European plazas, Minno said as he showed photographs of plazas in Prague and Siena and Lucca, Italy.
Young, childless millennials and empty-nesters who want to live in a lively, pedestrian-friendly area are the target audience, Minno said. Residents would be able to go to restaurants, cafes and stores either in the plaza or nearby, he said.
They’d also have a short walk to Garvies Point, the huge waterfront development that RXR is starting to build nearby, he said. A lighted passageway would go under the building from the plaza toward Brewster Street.
Village Square will have 171 on-site spots. Most of the parking would be in a garage underneath the residences at the same level as the stores.