QUEENS — Lights under the 7 train, open space with tables, and greenery on the awning of the subway stairs.
These are some examples of what a local politician and civic group have envisioned for a business district in Jackson Heights and Corona.
The 82nd Street Partnership and Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras unveiled their plans for the Jackson Heights/Corona BID last week, displaying day and night renderings of what some of the streets in the district could look like if the new proposal passes.
Ferreras and the partnership held a town hall meeting last week to introduce their plan to business owners and residents. The mission is to improve the quality of life and increase economic activity
The plan is also meant to unify small businesses ahead of new developments at Willets Point.
Additional street cleaners have already been out along Roosevelt Avenue and Junction Boulevard, part of a "Taste of the BID" initiative meant to provide a preview of what a future business improvement district could offer.
Shoppers have already seen a preview of the district with the addition of "cleaning ambassadors" in the district along Roosevelt Avenue and Junction Boulevard.
If the BID is approved, property owners will pay the cost of the assessment.
The cost is calculated based on a combination of the property's storefront size and assess value, which is determined by the Department of Finance.
After a district plan is finalized, it will be voted on by business owners, residents and property owners. If it passes, it will be finalized by 2014.