STATEN ISLAND — The City Council voted Wednesday to approve a new business improvement for the West Shore of Staten Island — the second one in the borough.
In August, Councilman Steven Matteo and the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation announced a push to create a new West Shore Industrial Business Improvement District (WSIBID) to help owners in Bloomfield and Chelsea.
“This is a tremendous accomplishment for these neighborhoods,” Matteo said in a statement.
“There is so much potential in this area and I am glad that it will now have the attention and resources it needs to flourish.”
The BID aims to help business owners in the neighborhoods band together to fix shared problems, including illegal dumping and crime, Matteo said.
Owners will contract with private security and sanitation companies and employ an ombudsman to help navigate city processes, Matteo said.
Matteo and the SIEDC campaigned earlier this year to get more than 60 percent of the businesses in the neighborhoods on board and it was approved by the community board and City Planning Commission in the spring.
With Wednesday's approval, the WSIBID will become the borough's second. The Forest Avenue BID launched in 2004.