The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership has proposed a Business Improvement District, or BID, to encompass the Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music Cultural District, and the commercial strips of Flatbush and Vanderbilt avenues. A press release said that a steering committee of local stakeholders has already been formed to spearhead the effort and determine needed BID services. As The New York Post noted, the future BID must go through public hearings and approvals by Community Boards Two, Six and Eight, not to mention the City Planning Commission and New York City Council. The process will last through all of 2013. Atlantic Yards Report expects that “Forest City likely would be the BID heavyweight,” and notes that the creation of the BID would extend the reach of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership as far as Fort Greene and Prospect Heights. This BID would join the already existing North Flatbush Avenue BID and the Fulton Street BID in the immediate area. The BID would bring in revenue from local commercial property owners for additional security and sanitation, among other improvements.
BID Eyed to Spur Economy Near Barclays Center, BAM Cultural District [NY Post]
Boosting Barclays? Downtown Brooklyn Partnership Proposes BID [AYR]
Map via Atlantic Yards Report