Written by Jill Nossa, email@example.com Friday, 11 July 2014 00:00
The demolition of the former Ruby Tuesday on Brewster Street officially began on July 1, signaling the first phase of construction for the Glen Cove Piazza project. The building, considered for many years to be an eyesore in Glen Cove’s downtown business district, is being torn down to make room for the building of a free-standing Panera Bread eatery. Panera Bread will have a drive-through component; the building is expected to be completed in October.
“Glen Cove is on the move and rising,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello. “This is the first phase of a smart growth development project in our downtown that will bring residents and shoppers to our city’s traditional business district. The entry of a franchise such as Panera Bread sends a positive signal to the retail community that Glen Cove is moving forward with its plans to make Glen Cove a destination location. The project also includes an enhanced village square for public events such as outdoor concerts, holiday celebrations, and special occasions. I am pleased to see that the demolition is being performed by North Shore Contracting, a local business owned by Ted Dubicki.”
The Piazza is a mixed-use development consisting of 110 apartments and 30,000 square feet of retail/commercial space of which approximately 12,000 square feet will be dedicated to the City of Glen Cove for community events in its Village Square. The Piazza project will create an estimated 200 construction jobs and 50 permanent jobs.