The Neighborhood Development Division oversees two Storefront Improvement Programs that provide façade improvements to small business impacted by Hurricane Sandy. In May of 2013, generous funding from our partners at Citi Community Development and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City created a grant fund of $650,000 for design and construction costs for the Beach 116th St. Storefront Improvement Program, with each applicant receiving up to $20,000 in non-matching grants. To date, NDD has awarded more than $500,000 to 32 businesses on Beach 116th St. with 17 completed storefronts.
With the goal of extending the impact of the Beach 116th St. pilot program, in August of 2013 the Mayor’s Fund of New York City provided an additional $1.1 million to create the Citywide Storefront Improvement Program. Clusters of 5 businesses and/or property owners located in key Hurricane Sandy impacted zones are eligible to receive up to $20,000 in non-matching grants for façade improvements. Thus far approximately 40 businesses located in Red Hook, Coney Island, South Street Seaport, the Rockaways, and Staten Island have participated in site visits with the program architect and approved proposed designs. Currently, 10 businesses are in the process of carrying out renovations.
Storefront Improvement rendering for Red Hook Coffee Shop