A Glen Cove survey intended to collect data to improve the city's downtown has netted more than 1,100 responses, an urban planner overseeing the project said.
Larisa Ortiz, of Queens-based firm Larisa Ortiz Associates, called the results a "wonderful response rate" that will provide "very specific consumer preferences," adding that boxes of surveys at City Hall and the library remain to be tallied.
The survey of community members, she said, is part of a broader market analysis that her group is conducting for Glen Cove in conjunction with Manhattan-based Magnusson Architecture and Planning and Merchantville, N.J.-based retail marketing firm JGSC Group.
The analysis, called "The Downtown Gateway to the Waterfront Phase II," includes a land-use survey, the compiling of syndicated market data and one-on-one merchant interviews, Ortiz said. It will help officials more efficiently target and court investors and retailers, presenting them with "a clear vision and plan," she said.
It is funded by a $90,500 state waterfront-revitalization grant, according to the New York Department of State.
"We have all this investment in the waterfront; we want to ensure the downtown is along for the ride," Ortiz said.
Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi said the city is studying not just residents, but regular visitors to the area to learn "what direction they'd like to see things go."
"We're trying to market with a larger footprint of information," he said.
The survey is online at glencovesurvey.com and in print at City Hall and the library, city officials said. Hard copies were also sent to about 5,000 randomly selected homes in and around Glen Cove, Ortiz said. Ortiz said she expects about 1,250 people will take the survey, which will likely close soon.
The data collected from the whole planning project will likely be ready to be presented to the public in March, she said.