The new Jackson Heights – Corona Business Improvement District has another prominent supporter with the official endorsement by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Queens. The announcement builds on the momentum for the group’s effort to create a cleaner and safer community. The community group, consisting of small business owners, local entrepreneurs, property owners, residents and community leaders, has been advocating for an expansion of the Jackson Heights – Corona Business Improvement District along the Roosevelt Avenue and Junction Boulevard retail corridors to improve public safety and cleanliness in the area.
“The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Queens supports the expansion of the 82nd Street Partnership boundaries,” said Alfonso Quiroz, the recently appointed President of the Chamber. “In an economic climate where many businesses have struggled, it is important to consider the resources that a business improvement district provides. Under the leadership of community stakeholders, including business owners, property owners and residents, the Business Improvement District has made–and will continue to make–a steep investment in the neighborhood, and will ensure our businesses are supported by a dynamic, safe and clean environment.”
Businesses and residents alike most often mention a cleaner and safer neighborhood as their number one reason for supporting the new Improvement District.
The Business Improvement District will allow community members to better work together to target their resources to the area. A Business Improvement District helps the small businesses coordinate and collaborate on efforts to improve the retail environment and customer experience including specialized sanitation services, graffiti removal, active public spaces with events, holiday lights, and other shopping amenities. Small businesses will also receive direct one-on-one assistance, including storefront improvements and access to financing, to help their business thrive and grow.
Business and commercial owners or residents who want to join the thousands of business owners, property owners and residents who support the new Business Improvement District by voting yes can request a ballot by contacting the 82nd Street Partnership now – or look for a ballot in your mail in Spring 2014.