​​​​​​​​About Us

Our History
Our Staff
Board of Directors
Our Funders 
Our Sponsors
Annual Report/Financial Statement


Our History

The Church Avenue BID covers thirteen blocks along Church Avenue from Flatbush Avenue to Coney Island Avenue and contains approximately 150 merchants. The BID is located in the heart of Flatbush, a vibrant multi-cultural neighborhood in central Brooklyn. The BID has been in operation since 1984 and is affiliated with CAMBA, a non-profit economic development organization and social services provider.
The Church Avenue BID provides supplemental services to the merchants and property owners within the district. These services include: sanitation, marketing, business development, streetscape improvement, and advocacy. Additionally, the BID gives merchants and owners an opportunity to be active in their community and take responsibility for making Church Avenue a better place to shop and do business.

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Our Staff

12-10_laurens_head_shot_web_edit1.jpgLauren Elvers Collins, Executive Director
Lauren leads the organization's marketing, supplemental sanitation, business development, government and community affairs, and advocacy efforts.  Her goals are to continue to improve the cleanliness, safety, and appearance of the district and attract an ever-increasing number of visitors to take advantage of the varied goods and services the BID's merchants have to offer. Lauren was formerly the Executive Director of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy and co-founded the Windsor Terrace Alliance neighborhood association. She serves on Community Board 7 and on Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams' Small Business Committee. Lauren earned her undergraduate degree from the CUNY BA Program, her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, and completed Coro NY's 2011 Neighborhood Leadership Program. She was born and raised in NYC and lives in nearby Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. 



Scott_Photo1.jpgScott Grimm-Lyon, Deputy Executive Director
Scott Grimm-Lyon, AICP, is the Deputy Executive Director of the Flatbush Avenue and the Church Avenue Business Improvement Districts. Scott is an urban planning and design professional with more than 8 years of experience in community organizing and economic development. Scott has worked with stakeholder groups in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Newark and on Long Island on issues including affordable housing, foreclosure prevention, retail analysis, business displacement, and developing a riverside greenway. In 2011, Scott started his own consulting firm where he has worked with small businesses, think tanks and Community Based Organizations; his consulting work focused on communications, main street management and local economic development.

Scott serves on the Economic Development Committee of the American Planning Association NY Metro Chapter, he has a Masters degree in City and Regional Planning from the Pratt Institute, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He lives in Ditmas Park and enjoys baking sourdough bread, drawing and playing the lawn game Kubb.



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Board of Directors

Class A: Property Owner​

Leon Mann 
Bobby's Department Store

Jack Mann 
Bobby's Department Store

Casey Martinez
United American Land

Fabiola Santos-Gaerlan
Honeydew Childcare Services

Shirley Walker 
Shirley's Heavenly Touch​

Steve Rogers
The Bonnie Youth Club

David Sheridan 

Class B: Commercial Tenant

Handel Edwards 
HJ Edwards & Associates

Curtis Maharaj
Gentleman's Quarters Salon

Class C: Resident


Class D: Government Officials

Bill de Blasio
Represented by Mahadya Mary of the Department of Small Business Services

NYC Council Member, 40th Council District
Dr. Mathieu Eugene
Represented by Ethan Tucker

Brooklyn Borough President
Eric Adams
Represented by Eileen Mullaney-Newman

NYC Comptroller
Scott M. Stringer
Represented by Pinchus Hikind​

Class E: Non-Voting

Shawn Campbell
District Manager 
Community Board #14

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Our Funders

The Church Avenue BID is funded through an additional real estate tax assessment within the district.  This additional assessment can either be paid directly by the property owner or passed on to the commercial tenant.
The BID also receives funding through grants from the following funders.   

NYC Dept. of Small Business Services and Council Member Mathieu Eugene

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Our Sponsors

 Con Edison, MetroPlus Health Plan, ModernMD Urgent Care

Annual Report/Financial Statement

2016 Annual Report​
2015 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report
2012 Annual Report
2011 Annual Report 

Click here for the 2016 Audited Financial statement.

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Employment/Internships/Volunteer Opportunities

The BID has no employment opportunities at this time, please check back. 

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