Information has just been received that the landowners and merchants and other stakeholders along Broadway corridor from 155th St. to 178th St. have just about gathered enough signatures to bring the matter of establishing a Business Improvement District (BID) to that stretch of Broadway. For those of you not familiar with the BID concept you can either go online and look up the details or simply know that the establishment of the BID will bring increased street cleaning and beautification along with more lighting and security services to the area. This will spruce up the area making it more attractive to visitors and residents alike. The costs associated with the improvement activities will be borne by the stakeholders through a special assessment tax payable by all non tax exempt landowners in the area.
From our understanding, Columbia University and the Presbyterian Hospital will also contribute even though they are not required to do so.
The exact configuration of this BID is as stated above is on Broadway from 155th St. to 178ths St. and an additional leg from Broadway on 168th St. to Amsterdam Ave. It is hoped that as the BID is formally established it will be then expanded to also include Amsterdam Ave. from 168th St. north to around 180th St.
Please show your support for this effort by asking any merchants and land owners in the areas described above to sign up now to be a charter subscriber if they have not done so already.