Storefront facade improvement funding for Grand Street
by Andrew Shilling
Sep 24, 2013 | 608 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As Williamsburg’s Grand Street becomes more trendy, businesses along the corridor are getting some financial assistance to keep up with changing tides.

With $20,000 in discretionary funding from Councilwoman Diana Reyna, the Grand Street Business Improvement District (BID) can now offer necessary facade improvements to storefronts.

“We’re slowly working towards improving the look of Grand Street,” said Artineh Havan, director of the Grand Street BID.

As part of the neighborhood’s transformation, which has started with replacing old worn-out gates with new see-through grills, store owners can also receive new signage and other minor repairs.

Eleven businesses have already applied for funding, which will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Affinity Cycles, a bicycle shop at 616 Grand St., was the first to receive nearly $1,600 as part of the gate replacement project.

LP & Harmony, La Gringa Taqueria and Sri Thai are also among other businesses on Grand Street who have been approved for façade improvement funding.

“We want to encourage other businesses to do it as well,” Havan said. “We want to beautify Grand Street.

The BID is also distributing $500 for minor repairs and offering owners free image consultants to help with window designs.

“These are some small ways to make Grand a more inviting corridor,” Havan said.

Other capital improvement projects in the BID next year will include removing brick pavers and installing concrete sidewalks, new curbs and additional trees and tree beds throughout the district.

“I am so pleased to have the opportunity to support local merchants as they improve their facilities,” said Council Member Diana Reyna, Chair of the Committee on Small Business. “The Grand Street Business Improvement District, led by Artineh, has the vision and energy to help mold a greater, more vibrant, and more successful commercial corridor on Grand Street.”

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