Pitkin Avenue Renaissance Program
2017-18 Façade Improvement Projects
Launched in 2016, the Renaissance Program provides matching grants to Property and Business Owners within the Pitkin Avenue BID to make improvements to commercial properties and businesses. The program is funded by NYC Department of Small Business Service’s Avenue NYC Grant Program, New York State Department of Homes and Community Renewal’s Main Street Program, and Pitkin Avenue BID Property Owners. To ensure design consistency, selected projects must adhere to the BID’s Façade Guidelines which were developed in collaboration with local design firm, Made In Brownsville.
New York Main Street Program (NYMS)
The BID was awarded an NYMS grant in December 2016 with a 2-year timeline to complete building renovations. Eligible projects within the program area can apply for reimbursement of 75% of total project cost (hard + soft costs) with a per building maximum of $50,000. Projects are selected on a rolling basis and must be approved by the BID’s Project Selection Committee before renovation activities can proceed. As of January 2019, the BID has completed (4) NYMS-funded projects with one more expected to be completed by May 2019.
NYMS Grant Award: $250,000
Funding Disbursed: $199,963
Avenue NYC Program
Avenue NYC Program funding assisted the BID with program development and management. The funding allowed the BID to hire a full-time Program Manager to oversee individual projects and develop program marketing collateral. In addition, Avenue NYC funds have been used to support the following program activities:
Graphic Design — Made In Brownsville
On-site Assistance — Pitkin Avenue BID
Architectural Design — Laura Heim Architects & Dadras Architects
Marketing and Outreach — Pitkin Avenue BID
Avenue NYC Award: $120,000 (FY17 & FY18 combined)