The FAB Alliance, a business improvement district (BID) signed into law by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in December 2008, is fully operational. Public review of a proposal to form a BID on Atlantic Avenue began in fall 2010. The Fulton Street BID extends from Rockwell Place to Classon Avenue and includes some commercial streets just off of the thoroughfare. The BID proposed for Atlantic Avenue would be, if approved, mapped between the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and Fourth Avenue.
A BID is a not-for-profit organization made up of property owners and commercial tenants created to supplement City services within the district. The additional services are funded by a special assessment paid by property owners within the district. With the creation of the FAB Alliance, Community District 2 is home to seven business improvement districts and a portion of an eighth. Community Board 2 voted unanimously in June 2008 to recommend formation of the Fulton Street BID.
Read more about the BIDs in Community District 2
The membership of the Fulton Area Businesses (FAB) Alliance elected its first board of directors at its May 2010 annual meeting and the directors voted for officers the following month. These steps completed the transition from the interim board, composed primarily of the steering committee that guided the BID's formation. Prior to the elections, the interim board filed for incorporation and not-for-profit status, adopted by-laws, formed committees, hired Phillip Kellogg as the BID manager, issued requests for proposals for contractual services, prepared a marketing plan and material's, and adopted financial, procurement and outreach procedures and policies. The BID held a public kick-off in October 2009.
Since the October 2009 launch, the BID created a Website and undertook other outreach to its membership and the public. Every property- and business-owner was contacted by mail and Mr. Kellogg held block-by-block meetings, "21 Blocks in 21 Days," in February 2010. Grants funded by Council Member Letitia James were made available for businesses that required financial assistance with the first year's assessment.
The BID participated in Borough President Marty Markowitz's borough-wide Shop Brooklyn promotion and undertook independent marketing. A sucessful tree-giveaway and graffiti-removal event was held at the Putnam Triangle. As part of the Weekend Walks program of the Department of Transportation, FAB Fest was staged between Fort Greene Place and South Oxford Street on two Sundays in June. The BID has applied to the transportation department's public plaza program to expand and re-design Fowler Square. Planning has begun for $400,000 in streetscape improvements funded by Council Member James.
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Atlantic Avenue BID
For the past two years, property owners and merchants have worked towards creating a BID on Atlantic Avenue, the last major commercial street in Community District 2 not organized as such. A steering committee surveyed owners and merchants to learn what services are most needed and prepared a budget that targeted those needs. Several assessment formulas were evaluated to determine which one is most fair to the most owners and merchants. With this and other information, the steering committee began soliciting ballots in favor of (or opposed to) forming a BID. Four informational meetings, two during the day and two at night, were held so owners and merchants could learn more. Formal public meetings were held in February and April 2010.
Learn more at the Atlantic Avenue BID Website
The steering committee received well over 200 ballots in support of the BID. That level of support was sufficient for the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) to begin the formal review process, starting with an interagency meeting in September 2010. After incorporating the comments by city agencies, the district plan was submitted to the City Planning Commission (CPC).
Community boards have 30 days from the time they receive the district plan from CPC to hold hearings and make recommendations. Most of the proposed BID is in Community District 2, although approximately 15 percent is in Community District 6. Community Board 2 held its public hearing on November 2, 2010. It voted unanimously (one newly-appointed member abstaining) on November 10 to recommend the CPC approve the district management plan. Separately but on the same evening, Community Board 6 voted unanimously in support of the BID.
The CPC held its public hearing on December 1, 2010 and voted unanimously on January 5, 2011 to certify its approval of the district management plan. The Finance Committee of the City Council will hold two public hearings. If the City Council votes to adopt the legislation creating the BID and the mayor signs it into law, the financial impact is reviewed by the state comptroller. Following the comptroller's approval, the city clerk publishes the local law in The City Record. The public has 30 days from the date of publication to seek judicial review.