A bustling area of Flushing qualified for city funding used toward future area business improvement projects.
Downtown Flushing was one of six neighborhoods chosen to receive up to $500,000 in grants to conduct local neighborhood revitalization initiatives.
Part of the city’s Department of Small Business Services’ (SBS) Neighborhood 360° program — a new initiative that strengthens and revitalizes commercial corridors that anchor the city’s economy by providing funding to not-for-profit organizations — downtown Flushing will be able to tap into funds that can be used for business attraction, retention and support, cleaning and beautification, district marketing, public safety, storefront improvements and other quality-of-life enhancements.
Neighborhoods were analyzed through a series of Commercial District Needs Assessments (CDNAs) which identified the needs and opportunities for local neighborhoods citywide. Downtown Flushing’s CDNA was completed in partnership with the Downtown Flushing Transit Hub Business Improvement District (BID) and the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce.
Improvements the chamber of commerce and BID would like to make with the grants currently include establishing a Formal Flushing tourism program, repurposing under-utilized public and private spaces through arts and culture programming, reactivating the kiosk in front of the Flushing Public Library and investing in additional sanitation and street beautification efforts.
The top three issues that need improvement in the area according to downtown Flushing merchants are parking, sanitation and transit improvements, the CDNA report said.
“Flushing is a thriving and competitive business community that is continuing to grow and evolve, so it is important that the city works together with community-based organizations to not only assess the needs of the business community, but to provide resources and opportunities for them to contribute to the successful community they helped to build,” Councilman Peter Koo said.
Individuals interested in applying for any Neighborhood 360° grants should visit thiswebsite.
The five other neighborhoods awarded funding were downtown Staten Island, east Brooklyn, east Harlem and Inwood in Manhattan and Jerome Avenue in the Bronx.
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