BID Awarded $500K Grant from NYS for Façade Improvement Main Street Grant enables successful program to continue
The New Rochelle Business Improvement District (BID) and the City of New Rochelle announced today the receipt of a $500,000 New York State Main Street Grant. The grant will fund the BID’s award-winning Façade Improvement Program and enable the continued restoration of historically significant buildings in the downtown. The 2011 Main Street Grant was secured through the support and assistance of elected officials at multiple levels of government including New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin.
“New Rochelle’s Downtown has a distinguished architectural past, which is fortunately being preserved as we restore the many historic buildings lining Main Street through our BID Façade Program,” noted BID Chairman Marc Jerome. “The New York State Main Street Grant will enable the continued funding of this effort, which is a key component in our comprehensive strategy for further economic revitalization.”
This is the third NYS Main Street grant for the BID. This matching grant program has facilitated façade restorations of buildings representing more than 75 storefronts through the BID’s Façade Improvement Program, and, in buildings with vacant upper floor space, helped create more than 40 artist work studios through the BID’s Artist Spaces Program.
Today’s announcement was held in front of one of the BID’s latest projects, 514-518 Main Street, the former Palace Shoe Store now home to Baby’s Outlet. After working with the owner of the Palace to restore this long-vacant historic building, the BID also helped convince the owners of Baby’s Outlet to acquire the building and move their business to Main Street. With the new grant funding, the BID plans to assist additional downtown properties representing more than 50 storefronts. Furthermore, the grant will enable the BID to create a new pedestrian space on a vacant City-owned parcel in the downtown.
“The BID’s Façade Improvement Program has already restored the historic charm and character of many distinctive buildings in downtown New Rochelle and contributed significantly to our business climate,” said New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson. “This new round of investment comes at just the right time and will be instrumental in strengthening New Rochelle's local economy.”
The grant was secured through the support of elected officials at the state level, most notably Assemblywoman Amy Paulin.
“I am very excited for the people of New Rochelle. Receiving this grant recognizes the success of the New Rochelle Downtown BID,” stated Assemblywoman Paulin. “Thank you to everyone who worked so diligently to reinvigorate the downtown area by creating economic opportunities and beautification efforts that will help this city grow and prosper in the years ahead.”
Ralph DiBart, Executive Director of the BID concluded, “The many owners who have invested in their properties and businesses in order to revitalize our downtown for the New Rochelle community are the real heroes. It is because of their hard work that, despite the severe current recession, we continue to see new businesses and restaurants opening and private investment continuing to increase in downtown New Rochelle.”
The New Rochelle Downtown BID was incorporated in 2000 and represents over 800 business and property owners. The BID is actively improving downtown with popular initiatives such as its Façade Improvement Program, Clean Streets Program, Artist Spaces Program, and events ranging from Music on the Green to BID Family Days. The BID constantly pursues new programs to help businesses and property owners and to encourage people to frequent downtown.
The BID’s goals are to promote economic development, provide sanitation services, beautify public spaces, create enhanced technology services, pursue the historic restoration of building facades, and support the attraction of new and the retention of existing businesses in Downtown New Rochelle. In its eleven year history, the BID’s efforts have resulted in $80 million of new, private, taxpaying downtown development and more than $1.4 million in grants and corporate sponsorships.
For more information on the BID visit www.newrochelledowntown.com or contact Executive Director Ralph DiBart at. (914) 960-1460 or (212) 866-0191.