The Greater JFK BID Planning Committee has established the Greater JFK Industrial Business Improvement District (IBID) to provide supplemental services and improvements to the BID area. The next step for the Planning Committee is the work of the Start-Up Activities. The “IBID” District Plan utilizes the same structure and is guided by the same formation process as a traditional “BID”. A BID’s focus is not limited just to “Business” as the BID legislation’s title would suggest. The mission of a BID is to address the needs of all constituent groups within a defined neighborhood area. With the approval of the Greater JFK BID, there are 73 BIDs operating in New York City, these organizations are proven public/private models for providing consistent funding and advocacy for neighborhood maintenance and improvements. There is much to learn about BIDs in New York City.
The goal is to establish a District that is unified and supports a vision for a stronger industrial base supporting the 600 + firms with almost 8,000 employees as well enhancing the quality of life of residents within the district itself and in the adjacent Springfield Gardens, Queens neighborhood.
District Boundaries & Profile
The Greater JFK IBID is located within the Springfield Gardens area of Queens. The proposed Greater JFK IBID generally reflects the history of development in close proximity to JFK International Airport. The District it is a premier location for air cargo (including freight forwarders and customs brokers) businesses and an important component of the New York City air cargo industry and the regional economy. In addition to air cargo operations in the proposed IBID district, there are a broad range of other supporting businesses, as well as major food service companies, hotels, retail and other services. Although the Springfield Gardens residential community is primarily to the north east of the district’s boundary along 147th Avenue, there are residential uses located within the boundaries of the BID district.
Striking a balance between the industrial business interests and the concerns of residents will be important guiding principle for the Greater JFK IBID.
The JFK IBID Planning Committee has identified key issues that the JFK IBID District Plan of services and improvements will consider. Based on input from various sources and the on-going Needs Assessment Survey from the community at large, the scope of potential services and improvements are defined in broad terms below:
Programs and Services
- Security/Public Safety/Lighting
- City/State/Federal Service Delivery (all agencies)
- Sanitation and Snow Removal
- Marketing & Promotion/Technical Assistance
- Industry Resource & Education & Training
- Advocacy/Collective Voice
- Condition and Capacity of Buildings
- Parking: Truck Storage/Employee Parking
- Sewage, Drainage and Environmental Remediation
- Streetscape and Signage