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City Council Approves Expansion of the Flushing Business Improvement District

Flushing BID’s 2017 street festival. This festival is held annually, typically at the end of summer. (Source: Flushing BID)

April 23, 2020 By Christian Murray

The city council passed legislation yesterday that will see the Flushing Business Improvement District get a whole lot bigger.

The Flushing BID, which currently incorporates properties along Main Street from Northern Boulevard to Sanford Avenue, will now include properties along Roosevelt Avenue—from College Point to Union Street.

The BID will bring its supplemental sanitation and marketing services to the expanded district. It will also spend funds on beautifying the additional streets.

The expansion comes at a time when small businesses in downtown Flushing are suffering from the economic fallout of COVID-19. The BID will have a much bigger budget to spend in the greater area. Its annual funding will go from $380,000 to about $1 million.

Council Member Peter Koo, who sponsored the legislation for the BID expansion, said the added services will help businesses get back on their feet after the shutdown is lifted.

“After this crisis is over, we will need to act quickly to revitalize those businesses through marketing and other support services,” he said.

The BID’s budget is primarily generated through fees levied on property owners. Those fees are typically passed onto their tenants and are added to their rent.

Dian Yu, the Flushing BID’s executive director, said earlier this year that about 70 percent of the businesses in the new zone would be paying less than $1,000 in BID fees annually.

The expansion has been years in the making.

Yu said that he had spent five years to gain the support of 51 percent of the property owners on the blocks where the district is being expanded–-as required by the city.

The expansion had the backing of the local community board.

Community Board 7, in an advisory role, supported the BID’s plan in a vote last June.

Yu anticipates the BID expansion to go into effect by July.

Right now, the BID includes Main Street between Northern Boulevard and Sanford Avenue, 40th Road from Main to Prince Street, Roosevelt Avenue from Union Street to College Point Boulevard, Kissena Boulevard from Sanford to 41st Avenue and 39th Avenue from Main to College Point.

Under the expansion, the BID would cover Main from Northern to Franklin Avenue, 37th Avenue from College Point to Union, Union from 37th to Roosevelt, 138th Street from 37th to 39th Avenue, Prince from 30th Avenue to 40th Road, 38th Avenue from Prince to Union, 41st Road from College Point to Main and 41st Avenue from College Point to Main.

Source: Office of Council Member Peter Koo

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American Joe 🇺🇸

Please have the health dept involved in this. No need to have unhealthy conditions in this new project. The City Council should also educate the community about good hygiene.

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