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On 01, Dec 2011 | In | By Stephen Cascio

PIAZZA: A Proposed Kenosha Downtown Lifestyle Development

Designed and proposed by Stephen Cascio.  Stephen is entertaining the bold concept of PIAZZA and its multi-use amenities. Piazza is a striking blend of classic old-world charm pedestaled with polished glass, tucked into Kenosha’s downtown harborfront.

A Destination Place

With its unique aesthetic presence, PIAZZA embraces over 8 square blocks.

Performing Arts Center: Symphonies, big name performers, concerts, theater, ballet, dance, student matinees, lectures and filmmaker movies

5 Star Boutique Hotel: 150-200 rooms with a full restaurant, supporting the downtown lakefront area, marina and the Piazza Exhibit Hall

Exhibit Hall: Hosting smaller trade shows locally, nationally and from around the world

Eateries: Restaurants and outdoor cafes. Also proposed is a restaurant called, “Sister Cities” where exchanges from each of the 4 countries prepare unique menus. Cosenza, Italy; Wolfenbuttel, Germany; Douai, France and Quezon, Phillipines. (The 4 Sister Cities of Kenosha)

Residential Living: 20 stories residential condominiums lofts overlook the grand outdoor Piazza area into the harbor and Lake Michigan

Piazza court area: A perfect social area for special outdoor events such as the Harbor Marketplace, artwalks, small music venues and performers with a water feature and parkway.

Corporate Offices: Accommodates businesses and office space

City and County: Two office spaces designated for special meetings and occasions

Tourism: Walk-in space for locals and visitors designed to promote the Kenosha area

Fine Foods Store: Wines, meats, seafood, produce, bakery with an outdoor cafe

Retail: A multiple of unique specialty stores. Also proposed is an international store selling products from Kenosha’s sister cities, Cosenza, Italy; Wolfenbuttel, Germany; Douai, France and Quezon, Phillipines.

Enclosed Trolley Station: Imagine taking a trolley and dropping you off right inside PIAZZA’s fine foods, or escorting you to an evening performance at the Performing Arts Center, or step onto the trolley as it takes you to and from the METRA train station. Sheltered from the midwest weather, the trolley station comfortably accommodates an assortment of public activities for all to enjoy.

Amenities: Includes all-season indoor and below surface parking and rooftop gardens vistas

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Downtown Post Office, The New City Hall

Kenosha’s City Hall, which is currently located at 6th Ave and 52nd Street could be relocated to the existing US Post Office building on Sheridan Road and become part of the overall Civic Center environment. The west side exterior of the Post Office facing Sheridan Road (shown below) now becomes an appropriate architectural facade representing city government. Relocating City Hall becomes part of the requirements and master plan for the PIAZZA developers.

Post Office city centered

As our digital medium of information increases, the US postal system continues to be downsized, rethought and consolidated—an efficiently designed and greener US Postal facility could be moved towards the middle of the city.