BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
The Borough Board approved the Long Island City Business Improvement District expansion that will now includes business on Vernon Boulevard, Jackson Avenue and 44th Drive.
Earlier this week, the LIC BID presented their expansion to the Borough Board, in which the chairpersons of Community Board 1 and Community Board 2, along with the members of the City Council’s Queens Delegation voted in favor of the project.
The new sub-district is set to be an expansion of the existing LIC BID, which was founded in 2005, and includes Queens Plaza North and South, to 21st Street and Jackson Avenue to 45th Avenue /Thompson Avenue.
The LIC BID’s purpose for creating a sub-district is to allow services to be tailored to the new area while allowing for appropriate joint activities and administrative cost savings.
A representative for Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) was in attendance and said that Van Bramer is for the project and has been in support of it “the whole way through.” Van Bramer also funded the studies with discretionary dollars, in which the studies came out well.
Although the expansion will provide supplemental daily sanitation services, beautification, target marketing and other kinds of things to highlight the area and advocacy, Lusskin said it is not supplemental security.
The budget for this triangle will be $350,000.
“The formula that was chosen by the steering committee will put most of that onto the retail frontage of business because this proposal is about the streetscape,” said the president of the LIC Partnership, Liz Lusskin. “The costs were low and fairly distributed. It’s a modest proposal. We’re not talking about major capitol improvements or flooding the streets with security personnel. It’s a nice marketing piece that can really make a difference.”
Now that the LIC BID received approval from CB 1, CB 2 and the Borough Board, their next steps are going to City Planning and then finally the City Council.
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