The JFK IBID Planning Committee followed the steps towards the formation of a IBID District Plan and is determined to provide full opportunity for each prospective IBID member to learn about the Greater JFK IBID. The initial invite to join the IBID Planning Committee was mailed to all property and business owners throughout the proposed IBID area in November 2013. Resident input is assured as Community Board 12 and 13 representatives and leaders of neighborhood associations join with the commercial/industrial interests to be part of the planning process. In addition to meetings held by the Planning Committee, outreach takes the form of fieldwork, needs assessment surveys, public informational mailings, one-on-one meetings, emails and telephone calls , advertisements in local newspapers and the use of a variety of online resources, and of course, this website.
The notice of an online Community Survey was mailed to over 1,200 prospective IBID members. The announcement of the website and the Community survey was represented by a postcard mailing to all prospective BID area members. Its goal was to identify the priorities for the neighborhood and how the proposed Greater JFK IBID could provide supplemental services and improvements in coordination with the Community Boards and government agencies to address issues of concern that require immediate and long-term attention. Over 750 flyers were distributed throughout the district bringing attention to this planning effort.
Two public meetings were held (October 17, 2014 & October 20, 2014). Notice was provided to members by postcard mailing and email blasts, and display advertisements were placed in local newspapers (Queens Courier and Queens Ledger).
The JFK IBID Planning Committee has documented the level of interest and support for the Plan. As a piece of local legislation, the formation of a IBID is subject to review by the Community Board(s), City Planning Commission and various other city agencies, City Council, the Mayor, and the NYS Attorney General. Therefore, the Committee has reached out to all government representatives to ensure that the Plan is fully understood and to incorporate useful feedback.
As part of the requirements of the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) to demonstrate support from prospective IBID members, a “support survey” was developed and distributed to owners and tenants within the BID area. Valid demonstration of support goes beyond the “support survey” method. Letters of support, petitions, and other forms of communication show interest and support for the proposal as well.
- 42% of total commercial properties in the district support the formation of the BID.
- 52% of total commercial AV in the district support the formation of the BID.
- Residential owner support is represented by SpringJam Block Association
- Statement of Support by NYC Councilmember Donovan Richards
- Statement of Support by NYS Senator James Sanders, Jr.
The Planning Committee expects to respond to any concerns that arise about the JFK IBID and to work hard to ensure full participation so that the Greater JFK IBID District Plan is truly representative of the community.