Plans to extend Myrtle Avenue BID to Cooper
by Andrew Shilling
Mar 12, 2014 | 561 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Theodore Renz, executive director of the Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District (BID), joined members of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce last week at the group’s monthly meeting to discuss the possibility of expanding the current BID into Glendale along Myrtle Avenue from Fresh Pond Road to Cooper Avenue.

Renz said there are several possibilities to build out the current BID, which currently encompasses Myrtle Avenue from Fresh Pond Road to Wyckoff Avenue, suggesting they could either grow the current zone or look into creating a separate district on Fresh Pond Road.

“If we do the expansion, and it does come to fruition, it would be a mammoth new BID,” Renz said.

Following the meeting with the Glendale Chamber, Renz said the next step is to take it up with the Myrtle Avenue BID board to discuss the practicality of the expansion.

“I’ll bring it to the BID board to see if they want to pursue an expansion,” he said. “Then we’d do it under the hat of the Myrtle Avenue BID.”

Businesses located in BIDs pay additional taxes for providing needed street repairs, holiday lighting, streetscaping, security and other enhancements. While it is still in the preliminary discussion phases, Renz said he thinks there is mostly positive support.

“No one came in front that was adamantly opposed to it,” he said of the meeting with the Glendale Chamber of Commerce. “Some want it, and some want to look into it.”

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley said she too would be in support of expanding the BID, and plans to work with Renz towards making it a reality.

"I look forward to working with them and local business owners to help that expansion become a reality,” Crowley said.

Assemblyman Mike Miller said he has been talking about expanding the BID with Renz for several years.

“I think it’s a good idea,” Miller said. “This is something business owners should look into. I think it would bring some needed services to the area.”

Miller said an expanded BID would generate needed revenue in business communities to help reign in some of the issues with pollution and littered streets, creating a better environment for commerce.

“I’ve been working to find ways of changing the baskets on the corners for years to take care of the litter,” he said. “This is just one way to be able to combat that.”

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