Prominent UWS Business Improvement District Receives $300,000 City Funding

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UPPER WEST SIDE, NY – A major business improvement district on the Upper West Side has just been approved for an additional $300,000 in city funding.

The additional funding was approved at a meeting of the city council’s finance committee on Wednesday morning.

The approved bill will increase the amount three BIDs in the city can spend in subsequent years, including the Columbus Amsterdam Business Improvement District, which oversees the area along Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues from 96th to 110th Streets. West.

Peter Arndtsen, director of the Columbus Amsterdam Business Improvement District, told Patch that the $300,000 would be spent over the next three to four years.

Regarding the use of the money, Arndtsen told Patch that it would be used to help with the day-to-day work of the organization on the Upper West Side and to pay current employees more and create another position.

“We’ve been operating seven days a week with Open Street, we want to raise people’s salaries, raise salaries for the street crew to clean sidewalks and curbs, and we’re looking to bring in more people to help with it. make (Open Street) more functional,” Arndtsen told Patch.

“We spend long hours and need help,” Arndtsen said.

In terms of larger plans for new funds, it will be some time before the plans are finalized.

“There are bigger plans to consider when we have a new person in place and when we have more ideas from stakeholders (local residents and businesses) and community organizations,” Arndtsen said. .

The Columbus Amsterdam Business Improvement District offers a wide range of services on the two avenues between 96th and 110th Street.

  • sidewalk sweeping
  • Bloomingdale’s Restaurant Association
  • Advertisements of commercial vacancies
  • Historic Tours and Neighborhood History Group
  • Bloomingdale’s Family Day Festivals
  • Planting flowers
  • Tree maintenance and maintenance of tree guards
  • holiday lighting
  • Art installations
  • Graffiti removal program
  • Neighborhood Safety

You can find more information about the Columbus Amsterdam Business Improvement District on its website.

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