Glen Cove residents packed City Hall last week to hear about the public spaces that would be part of a proposed $1 billion mixed-use waterfront project.
While the topic was the public spaces, residents raised concerns about the security, parking and traffic and some questioned the suitability of the project for the city.
The landscape architect of the project, Rick Parisi, a managing principal at New York City-based MPFP PLLC, described a 22.5 acre “necklace” of waterfront parks that would include open lawns, a playground, an esplanade, cafes and a cultural center.
The developer, RXR Glen Isle Partners LLC, will be responsible to maintain the publicly accessible property which is part of a plan to build 860 residential units, a 250-room hotel, 25,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, and 50,000 square feet of office space on 52 acres.
Thomas Graham, a vice president at Uniondale based RXR Realty LLC, said he expected the project to break ground next year after the city completes road work.
For decades industrial plants lined the waterfront but in recent years millions have been spent cleaning up contamination. Asked by a member of the audience whether they were sure the site would be safe enough for people to use, Graham said, “We’re not closing on the property if the property isn’t cleaned up.”
Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello, who convened the meeting, said another would be held in about two months.
Parisi said that through discussions with the public and the mayor they want to "arrive at a proper design so that you’ll want to come here all the time, you’ll want to come here for a cup of coffee, you’ll want to come here to bring the children.”