A spiffy green upgrade could be coming soon to the streets of Jackson Heights and Corona, Queens if residents and business owners vote to approve a new business improvement district plan (BID). Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras worked with the 82nd Street Partnership to develop a bid that demonstrates the benefits of adding lights under the 7 train, along with open spaces, tables, and greenery on the subway station’s awning, according to DNAinfo.
Renderings for the improved streets were unveiled last week and presented at a town hall meeting. In order to give business and property owners a sense of how the BID could transform the neighborhood, new street cleaners were employed to clean up Roosevelt and Junction Boulevards as part of the “Taste of the BID” plan. Any urban renewal plan will require businesses to pay an annual fee – on average $1,800 per year depending on the size of their space – so winning them over is important. If approved, the plan will be finalized by 2014.