July 15, 2013 By Christian Murray
The Long Island City Partnership is likely to be bringing its marketing and beautification services to Hunters Point.
The group, which currently services the Court Square/Queens Plaza district, is reaching out to property owners and businesses in the Vernon Blvd/Jackson Avenue area to see whether they would like to be part of an expanded Business Improvement District.
The expanded district would most likely incorporate the entire Vernon Blvd commercial corridor–from 46th Avenue through Jackson Avenue.
The current BID provides supplemental sanitation services, capital improvements and marketing services to the area. The BID also tries to recruit new businesses within its borders.
“We are reaching out to property owners now, and should have a better sense of what the community wants by early fall,” said Dana Frankel, the District Services Manager. “So far, we have had received positive feedback.”
Frankel said that the expansion would not add to the LIC Partnership’s budget in any great way, since it already has contracts in place with contractors who clean the streets within the existing BID district.
Property owners within a BID are subject to a special assessment, which pays for the services. These assessments are often passed on to the tenants.
The LIC Partnership received $10,000 from the city budget to investigate the expansion.
For further information on the BID, please click here.