While it is still in it’s infancy, organizers are getting ready to unveil their plan to the community.
“We see, just locally, how the establishment of BIDs is leading to definite improvement,” said Ken Freeman, president of the Park Slope Civic Council.
At a meeting last week in Park Slope, he spoke about other BID’s in Brooklyn and how they have impacted other neighborhoods, highlighting the Church Avenue and Flatbush Avenue BIDs.
“There is community involvement and there are tangible benefits,” he said.
A BID is funded through a tax assessment on businesses, determined by its square footage, and focuses on issues like sanitation and maintenance, public safety, and marketing and promotional programs.
The average property owner will pay between $700 and $900 per year, according to the 7th Avenue BID website.
A preliminary budget for a BID on 7th Avenue is estimated at $300,0000. An executive director would make about $65,000, with approximately $110,000 set aside for additional sanitation services and another $2,500 for holiday lighting.
“I’m very positive and excited about this,” said Councilman Brad Lander at last week's meeting. “I think this is a great opportunity.”
While the creation of the BID is underway, it is clear there is still some work cut out for BID supporters.
Mark Caserta, one of the founders of the 7th Avenue BID, said that so far business have had mixed feelings.
“There are people who are imminently supportive and people who are worried,” he said, adding that he fears business owners on 7th Avenue will make a snap judgement based on “misinformation.”
For the BID to be approved, Caserta said that over 50 percent of the businesses on 7th Avenue within the BID parameters will have to approve.
“We’re trying to dispel any misinformation, answer questions and see how people feel,” said Caserta. “It’s really up to them. It’s their vote.”