A brief history of the WBID
by Maria Thomson
Jul 30, 2014 | 2643 views | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Well, here we are heading into August. Summer seems to slip away, all too soon.

So very often I am asked about the Woodhaven Business Improvement District (WBID). The WBID was formed 22 years ago, an outgrowth of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation because of the deteriorating appearance of our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue from Dexter Court to 100th Street.

Our avenue was dirty with graffiti vandalized gates and storefronts appearing dark and dangerous. The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation prior to the inception of the WBID had proposed new lighting for our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue. This project was funded and our new unique lighting was installed, facing the sidewalk instead of the street.

With this new lighting it lifted our residents sense of security. Then a small group of property owners and community leaders explored a new concept to improve our Avenue. It was the formation of a Business Improvement District. This BID consisted of property owners along 25 blocks of our Jamaica Avenue voluntarily paying into a fund which would be used to improve the avenue.

It took this small group of volunteers seven years to gain approvals and to progress to the point that it was signed into law by Mayor David Dinkins at City Hall. A picture from that event published in the Leader/Observer can be viewed on our Facebook page. More history of our WBID and the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and what they do for Woodhaven in my future articles.

The Woodhaven Richmond Hill Ambulance Corps is now in jeopardy because of the collapsed building at 78-19 Jamaica Avenue. This building was on its way to being torn down, but now the owner is playing games, stating he will pay all fines and rebuild. Now the demolition has been placed on hold. I hope that we can get this done before school starts.

This Tuesday, August 5, is “Night Out Against Crime,” so come out to Buddy Memorial Monument Corner of Park Lane South and Myrtle Avenue from 6 to 9 p.m.

Since the Make Music NY was such a success, the WBID will sponsor another night of music on Saturday, August 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Forest Parkway Plaza. Come out and enjoy the music.

May God bless our armed forces and disabled veterans and may God bless our America.

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