Programs and Initiatives

Restore Church Avenue
Real Estate Reports
Supplemental Sanitation
Marketing
Business Dev​elopmentContractor and Vendor List March 2015.pdf
Advocacy 
Report a Problem 
Past Programs

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Restore Church Avenue

Please click here for a copy of the presentation the BID presented on May 21, 2014.  

Jan. 2015 UPDATE:  On Dec. 11, 2013, NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $715.9 million in Economic Development funding, including an award of $200,000 to the Church Avenue BID to continue its Restore Church Avenue program, part of the NY Main Street program. Payments already made by the BID to Church Avenue property owners and merchants over the past few years ranged from $16,896 to $86,642. Click here to see before and after images of a former participant. For more information, contact Lauren Elvers Collins at 718-282-2500, x79234.

The Restore Church Avenue program makes grant dollars available to business and property
owners on Church Avenue between E. 17th Street and E. 21st Street who wish to make improvements to their commercial properties and businesses. The program may be used to make improvements to a building's façade, a business' storefront, or interior commercial space.  Property and business owners within the program area may apply for a maximum of 75% of the project's total cost (at up to $50,000 per tax lot) to make qualifying improvements. All construction must be complete by Dec. 2015. Huge thanks go to the volunteer professionals who comprise the BID's Streetscape Advisory Committee which guided the 2010 Restore Church Avenue program to successfully complete six storefront restorations and install high-end trash cans throughout the BID.

Projects such as façade restoration, installation of new signage, awnings, new windows, or the installation of exterior lighting may be eligible for the program. Projects funded by the program must follow the BID's design guidelines that help create a uniform storefront appearance on Church Avenue and maintain the historic character of the Avenue.

The Restore Church Avenue Program is funded through the New York State's office of Homes and Community Renewal's New York Main Street Program. Projects that have not been approved by the BID before construction starts are not eligible for the Restore Church Avenue program. 

Below are links to the Restore Church Avenue Program Documents.

Program Documents:

Program Overview and Process

Project Application

Design and Selection Guidelines 

Detailed Project Scope

Application Checklist

Restore Church Avenue_Common Questions (upd 1/15)

For Contractors: Presentation from 11/7/14 Contractors’ Meeting

Contractor and Vendor List 

 

Additional Resources for Applicants:

Historic Tax Photograph Order Form (photos can also be ordered online by clicking here

Exhibit F: Release Form

Recommended Contractor & Vendor List

New York City's Facade Guide to Storefront Design (Part 1)

New York City's Facade Guide to Storefront Design (Part 2)

New York State Main Street Program Guide (published by the Office of Homes & Community Renewal) 

Real Estate Reports

The BID publishes a real estate report periodically to inform property owners, potential business owners, those in the real estate industry, and other interested parties about real estate trends and available property within the Church Avenue BID.   

2013 Real Estate Reports:

      Church Ave. Vacancy Report Feb. 2013

2011 Real Estate Reports: 

     2011 2nd Quarter Real Estate Report, Supp.

     2011 1st Quarter Real Estate Report (rev. 5/23)

We're excited to release the BID's first Church Avenue Real Estate Profile.  The profile highlights all the benefits of opening your business on Church Avenue:  healthy foot traffic, access to public transportation, current investments to improve the area, and all the free services the BID offers to all its merchants and property owners.

Property information can be found using PropertyShark.

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Supplemental Sanitation

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Sidewalk Cleaning (The BID Clean Team)

The BID provides sidewalk cleaning services seven days a week from 9am to 4pm.  The Clean Team keeps the district clean and free of litter.

Trainees from the Doe Fund’s Ready Willing and Able program sweep the sidewalks, empty wastebaskets, bag loose garbage, and remove posters and graffiti seven days a week on Church Avenue. The Doe Fund's service on Church Avenue is provided with support from Council Member Mathieu Eugene.  

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Graffiti Removal

In order to prevent the build-up of graffiti, the BID partners with the NYPD 70th Precinct and local community groups to coordinate the removal of graffiti from buildings and street furniture in the district. 

Do you have graffiti on your storefront?  Click here to find out how to get rid of it!   

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Marketing

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Sidewalk Sales

Several weekends a year, the BID sponsors sidewalk sales enabling retailers to place merchandise in front of their stores.  These sales allow retailers to bring their merchandise directly to the shopper, increasing their visibility in the district and giving them an opportunity to attract new customers.

Holiday Lights 

The BID installs holiday lighting to give Church Avenue a festive atmosphere during the holiday season. 

Calendar

The BID finances, produces, and distributes an annual calendar.  The 32-page color calendar features photographs of stores and attractions within the district, a directory of merchants in the BID, as well as advertisements from participating merchants.  Each participating merchant receives a number of calendars to distribute to their customers. Click here:2017_CABID Calendar Sales Sheet FINAL 9-29-16.docx to download the sales sheet for the 2017 calendar and contact us asap if you'd like to purchase an ad.

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Business Development

The BID is a resource for merchants who want to improve, expand, or reposition their businesses.  The BID hosts quarterly breakfasts where merchants have a chance to network, discuss issues facing their business, and hear from city agencies on initiatives or programs which could effect their business.  The BID also makes referrals to city agencies such as NYC’s Dept. of Small Business Services and other local not-for-profit organizations.

The BID has been affiliated with CAMBA since it was created in 1983.  Our merchants are invited to attend the large offering of small business development workshops presented by CAMBA Small Business Services program.  Click here to see a calendar of upcoming events being held by CAMBA Small Business Services.  

Small Business Assistance & Financing Resources

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Brooklyn Business Library
Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation
Business Outreach Center Network, Inc.
CAMBA Small Business Services
New York Business Development Corporation
NYC Business Solutions
NYC Department of Small Business Services
NYC Financial Network Action Consortium
New York State Small Business Information
New York Workforce One Centers
Project Enterprise
Small Business Resource Center at the New York Public Library
United States Small Business Administration
Women's Venture Fund

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Advocacy

From cracked sidewalks to major capital improvements, the BID works with stakeholders and governmental agencies regarding repairs and improvements that will make Church Avenue an even better place to shop.  Additionally, if a BID merchant or property owner is having an issue that requires government action, the BID manager can reach out to the appropriate agency until the issue is resolved.  The BID maintains contact with all of its elected officials and with representatives of several state and city agencies.  If you have a problem that requires city involvement, click here to find out how the BID can help.

  • On Thurs. Aug. 7th, 2014 Assemblymember Jim Brennan held a public hearing to gather feedback from the public on projects that the MTA should address in its 2015-2019 Capital Program. Lauen Elvers Collins, Executive Director of the BID, submitted the testimony (link below)​ at the public hearing, in an effort to have the currently dilapidated Church Avenue B/Q station at E. 18th Street be included in the MTA’s upcoming budget. 
    CABID_MTA Testimony Church Ave B Q Subway 8-7-14.pdf
  • Council Member Mathieu Eugene secured $800,000 for the installation of historic streetlights throughout the district on behalf of the BID.  The antique street lighting system is scheduled for installation in the Spring of 2011. 
  • In 2010, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz committed $1.5 million for the BID to make streetscape improvements within the BID.  The BID is currently speaking with several City agencies on potential projects.   
  • The BID recently completed a transportation study in order to increase the quantity of street parking and facilitate commercial deliveries, as well as a market study and is working on a commercial needs assessment.

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