By Andrew Apaza
The Galleria at 5 to 9 Grace Avenue is a modern, aesthetically pleasing, multipurpose building that has been the talk of the Village of Great Neck Plaza since its grand opening.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Councilwomen Anna Kaplan and Lee Seeman, and Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender attended the ribbon cutting and officially inaugurated the addition into the village during the summer.
The building is truly a sight to behold, both during the daytime and at night, as colorful lights and large plants give off an almost resort-like vibe.
Building developer Hooshang Nematzadeh hopes the structure will serve as the peninsula’s new centralized apartment complex and be the first building to come to mind when people think of the words “modern” and “Great Neck.”
Located at the heart of the village, the building also offers access to many retail stores both north and south of the Long Island Rail Road station.
“The idea is that by bringing the population downtown, you increase the demand for the downtown businesses, helping them to survive and prosper,” said Nematzadeh. “We, along with the Village of Great Neck, around six years ago, created a special zoning for these types of buildings and won an award for the concept. The Galleria at Great Neck is the first building in the area built under this zoning and concept.”
The award Nematzadeh referred to is the Smart Growth Award, which was presented to the Nemat Development Group by Vision Long Island in 2017.
A mere block and a half from the Great Neck train station, The Galleria is ideal for people who commute to the city for work daily. The building is also a short walk from Jonathan L. Ielpi Firefighters Park on Grace Avenue, as well as from businesses for everyday necessities, such as Best Market, Planet Fitness, Rite Aid and an electronics store.
The children of potential residents will be zoned Great Neck Public Schools, which will thrill parents, since it’s one of the leading school districts both in New York as well as the entire nation.
Four-stories high, the structure contains 30 residential-apartment units and 4,000-square feet of ground-level retail. The building provides on-site parking for its residents, as well as a small fitness center. All apartments have a washer/dryer, air conditioning units, a tub/shower and a kitchen with a refrigerator.
Some apartments have a balcony and patio overlooking Grace Avenue. The building also has a large rooftop area, which is currently incomplete in design but could potentially serve as a garden area.
The Galleria’s futuristic design, combined with its convenient location and amenities, makes it another fruitful addition to the bustling village.