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Budget, Education & City Services

Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Expansion

The Community Board Five Executive Committee unanimously passed the following resolution with a

vote of 8 in favor; 0 opposed; 0 abstaining:

WHEREAS, The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership was established in 2006 to implement services to make the corridor cleaner and safer by providing sanitation services, streetscape upgrades and beautification, marketing, district advocacy, and outreach to individuals experiencing homelessness; and

WHEREAS, The Flatiron BID is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that is elected annually and includes representatives from the Mayor’s office, the Borough President, the Comptroller, the Councilmembers and the Community Board, and

WHEREAS, The current BID is made up of an irregularly shaped area of some 38 square blocks, running from 21st to 28th Streets and from parts of Sixth Avenue over to, but not including, Third Avenue, and

WHEREAS, The current Flatiron BID includes 21 million square feet of commercial space and more than 4,500 businesses; and

WHEREAS, The BID Expansion Steering Committee is proposing expanding the boundaries to include additional adjacent blocks to provide services and improvements and form a more cohesive, clean, and safe district; and

WHEREAS, The newly expanded district would encompass the Flatiron and NoMad neighborhoods and be generally bound by Sixth Avenue to the west, 31st Street to the north, 20th Street to the south and Park Avenue to the east; and

WHEREAS, The Flatiron BID provides, and would continue to provide, within the expanded area sanitation clean teams, public safety officers, homeless outreach, streetscape beautification, marketing and promotion for Flatiron businesses and District advocacy; and

WHEREAS, No current city services, such as sanitation, would be reduced as a result of BID services and

WHEREAS, The BID Expansion Steering Committee proposes to continue the formula employed by the current BID to calculate the annual special assessment for each property in the district which includes an annual  $1.00 per residential building fee; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five supports the expansion of the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District.

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