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COUNCILMAN BRANNAN AWARDS MERCHANTS OF 3RD AVE NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT GRANT INITIATIVE FOR BID FORMATION

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 3, 2018
CONTACT COUNCILMAN BRANNAN: Chris McCreight
cmccreight@council.nyc.gov
(718) 748-5200

CONTACT: PERCH ADVISORS: james@perch-advisors.com

CONTACT: MERCHANTS OF THIRD AVE: rhowe@robert-howe.com

CONTACT: BAY RIDGE THIRD AVE STEERING COMMITTEE: bayridge3asteering@gmail.com

COUNCILMAN BRANNAN AWARDS MERCHANTS OF 3RD AVE NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT GRANT INITIATIVE FOR BID FORMATION

BROOKLYN – Today, Councilman Justin Brannan announced the award of the Fiscal Year 2019 Neighborhood Development Grant Initiative to the Bay Ridge Merchants of Third Avenue. Brannan’s grant will help fund the first phase of 3rd Avenue’s Business Improvement District (BID) formation project. Councilman Brannan and Perch Advisors will partner with Merchants of Third Avenue to work on the development of a BID along the 3rd Avenue commercial corridor. Brannan will formally present the award before members of the public at Greenhouse Café on Tuesday, October 9 at 6 pm, where the preliminary Steering Committee for the BID formation effort will also be introduced.

Councilman Brannan’s grant will fund the first phase of BID formation, which will include the formation of a steering committee, defining a vision and geographical boundaries for the district, the development of a database, a needs assessment survey, and the drafting of a district plan. Brannan is pleased to be funding the effort.

“It will always be my priority to support local business and the positive effects that a strong local commerce community can have on our neighborhoods,” Councilman Brannan said. “That’s why it is my honor and privilege to help the Merchants of Third Avenue explore the possibility of a BID along their corridor. The Merchants already do great work, but a BID will have even more power to benefit local business owners, consumers, and residents.”

Third Avenue in Bay Ridge already has a long history as a robust commercial corridor. Since 1933, the Merchants of Third Avenue have covered the stretch of unique businesses nestled against the backdrop of the Verrazano Bridge on 3rd Avenue from 65th to 101st Streets. Robert Howe, President of the Merchants of Third Avenue, is proud of that history and excited for the future.

“Third Avenue Bay Ridge enjoys a reputation as one of the preeminent shopping, dining, and strolling commercial corridors in New York City,” Howe said. “Over the years, however, many other areas of New York have been revitalized and are being recognized as trendy destinations drawing customers from our avenue. The BID presents us with an opportunity to compete with those areas to retain our customer base and draw new shoppers. The avenue is grateful for the support of Councilman Brannan along with his grant which will allow us to keep the avenue attractive and competitive both for our residents and our small business owners.”

The Merchants of Third Avenue expect that the formation of a BID would help provide a cleaner, safer, more attractive business district, create a reliable source of funding for neighborhood programs, offer effective and prompt responses to the changing needs of the business community, and increase property values, improve sales, and decrease commercial vacancy rates. Jeanette Nigro of Perch Advisors expressed the organizations excitement to facilitate the process.

“Perch Advisors is excited to put boots on the ground organizing merchants, property owners, and residents on Third Avenue in Bay Ridge in working through the first phase of BID formation,” Nigro said.

A kickoff ceremony will be held on Tuesday, October 9 at the Greenhouse Café at 6 pm, where Councilman Brannan will present a ceremonial check to the Merchants of Third Ave and the Preliminary Steering Committee will be introduced.

 

 




Quotes from Steering Committee Members

“My name is Bobby Daquara, and I have been a property owner, business owner, and resident at 7715-7721 3rd Avenue (Greenhouse Cafe) for 40 years. I think 3rd Avenue needs a BID because we want Bay Ridge Third Avenue to be a premiere shopping and dining destination.”

My name is Dan Texiera, and I have been a property owner representative at 8114 3rd Avenue for 2.5 years. I think that a BID would give Bay Ridge 3rd Avenue a uniform platform for business support and continued cooperation between business owners and building owners.”

“My name is Jackie Juliano, and I have been a business owner at Patsy’s Pizzeria on 3rd Avenue for 1 year. If we can unite with a BID for Bay Ridge 3rd Avenue, the residents, merchants, and property owners alike will enjoy the safety, cleanliness, and sense of community that 3rd Avenue deserves.”

“My name is Jeanine Condon, and I have been a business owner at Charmed by JLM for 6.5 years. I think that Bay Ridge 3rd Avenue needs a BID because we need to improve business and the Avenue.”

“My name is Robert Howe, and I have been a property owner, business owner and resident for decades. Bay Ridge Third Avenue needs a BID because the avenue is the heart, the identity and the gathering place of our community. We need a proven plan to maintain that as well as 100 % involvement by the property and store owners.”

“My name is Brian Chin and I have been a resident in Bay Ridge Brooklyn for  over 7 years. I think that Bay Ridge Third Avenue needs a BID to add sustainability, succession planning, and longevity to 3rd Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. This can be done through effective & efficient marketing programs to help the small businesses on the avenue grow.”

“My name is Trey Jenkins, and I have been a resident in Bay Ridge for three years. I think that Bay Ridge Third Avenue needs a BID because it can help with city resources that can help the community as a whole. From vacancies, storefront improvements, beautification projects, street festivals and more, the BID can be a useful tool that can point businesses, property owners and residents in the right direction with the City of New York to get things done. I have personally witnessed the positive impact a BID can achieve for communities both large and small. I am excited to be a part of a BID professionally and also in helping create a BID for a neighborhood that I live in and have grown to love.”

“My name is Ted Nugent and I have been a business owner at Cebu Bar and Bistro for 17 years. I think that Bay Ridge needs a BID because 3rd avenue needs a revitalization. The empty storefronts are a telling story of the landscape of our avenue. Encourage locals to stay local.”

“My name is Tony and I have been a business owner at Mclaughlin & Sons for 20 years. I think that Bay Ridge needs a BID because we need to bring people to the area so they can see what they are missing. It’s a beautiful, safe neighborhood, and there’s a lot to do -- we need to get the young folks back.”

“My name is Vince Ianelli and I have been a property owner and business owner on Bay Ridge 3rd Avenue since 1963. I think that Bay Ridge needs a BID because, as Bob Howe always mentions, I remember the highs and lows of Third Avenue. I remember Al Nahas and how he revitalized 3rd Avenue -- the Bay Ridge Third Avenue BID can finish what Al started.”

“My name is Philip A. Guarnieri, and I have been a business owner at 8701 3rd Avenue for 4 years. I think that Bay Ridge Third Avenue needs a BID to leverage Business Opportunities for the Merchants, and to be a lobbying voice for political issues.”

“My name is James McHugh, and I have been a Group Director and Senior Vice President at Signature Bank for 9 years. I think that Bay Ridge Third Avenue needs a BID because I believe it will make Third Avenue more vibrant. The BID will help add value to all the things the Third Avenue Merchants have done already, but will keep Third Avenue cleaner, safer, and more prosperous.”

“My name is Chip Cafiero, and I have been the festival coordinator on Bay Ridge 3rd Avenue since1981. I think Bay Ridge 3rd Avenue needs a BID because too many businesses don’t contribute or participate in any events.”

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