Sunnyside's Commercial District Needs Assessment

Overview of Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District’s Commercial Revitalization Efforts

Sunnyside Shines BID is the proud recipient of a three-year, $300,000 Avenue NYC grant from the NYC Department of Small Business Services. The Avenue NYC program is a competitive grant program that funds and builds the capacity of community-based development organizations (CBDOs), including business improvement districts (BIDs), local development corporations (LDCs), merchants’ associations, and other non-profit organizations, operating in low to moderate income neighborhoods to execute commercial revitalization initiatives. Avenue NYC is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. More information on AvenueNYC can be found at www1.nyc.gov/site/sbs/neighborhoods/avenue-nyc.page.

The mission of the Sunnyside Shines BID is to promote and maintain Sunnyside as a vibrant commercial district and as a welcoming and dynamic neighborhood for everyone. This Avenue NYC grant will help strengthen the non-profit organization’s capacity to carry out customized projects and programming that will strengthen and revitalize the streetscape, support, strengthen, and promote small businesses, and engage the community within Sunnyside, Queens. Commercial Revitalization initiatives along Queens Boulevard, Greenpoint Avenue, and 46th Street will invigorate businesses and improve physical surroundings to create a vibrant commercial district which provides a more appealing overall experience for those who live, work, visit, dine, or shop within the district. To inform the Commercial Revitalization initiatives that are needed in the district, this grant presents the opportunity to conduct an in-depth Commercial District Needs Assessment (CDNA). Below, please find a map of the CDNA Study Area.

The CDNA is a customized analysis of Sunnyside’s demographics, small businesses and retail environment conditions, physical environment, community involvement, and other key indicators to determine the specific needs of the commercial corridors within Sunnyside. This needs assessment will catalyze partnerships and relationships with business owners, residents, property owners, visitors, and other stakeholders within Sunnyside and beyond. Over the course of this grant’s lifecycle, partnerships may evolve to include participation, lending resources or support, sponsorship, advising etc.

The community’s participation and viewpoint is an essential component of a successful CDNA process, and we will rely on our partners to contribute their vision for the future of their neighborhood. Community participation could be in the form of answering surveys, helping inventory efforts, participating in focus groups, volunteering etc. Stakeholder inputs will be used to inform recommendations on ways to enhance Sunnyside’s business corridors, thus maintaining and growing the vibrancy of the district. This is a great opportunity to have our collective voices heard in order to strengthen the neighborhood for the future. Please note that the BID will be conducting outreach and you will most likely hear from us via telephone, email, or mail soon!

For more information, please contact Jaime Cho, AveNYC Program Manager, at SunnysideShines BID. She can be reached at 718.873.2507 or  jcho@sunnysideshines.org

We look forward to hearing from you!

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