A recent Business Mixer was held in partnership with Richmond County Savings Bank, the West Brighton Community LDC and the Victory Blvd BID Steering Committee. Property owners, business owners and representatives from NYC Council members Oddo and Rose, gathered to discuss the benefits of forming a Business Improvement District along Victory Blvd. BID Steering Committee Member and Richmond County Savings Bank representative, Keith Christensen , welcomed Victory Blvd business and property owners.
West Brighton Community LDC (WBCLDC) is leading the effort to create the second Business Improvement District on Staten Island and has re-convened the Victory Blvd BID steering committee, originally organized in 2008-09. With a more optimistic economic environment from local businesses and new leadership at WBCLDC , the Victory Blvd Business Improvement District is poised to become a reality.
Executive Director, Angela D’Aiuto of WBCLDC and Forest Avenue BID Director, Loretta Cauldwell, bring economic development and merchant organizing experience to the table. The WBCLDC currently administers the Forest Avenue Business Improvement District and understand the many benefits a BID offers both businesses and residents. The Forest Avenue Business Improvement District was formed under the leadership of former WBCLDC director, Susan Meeker and Program manager, Loretta Cauldwell. Established in 2006, the Forest Avenue BID is the first and only BID on Staten Island. Services provided by the BID include technical assistance to businesses, district maintenance, graffiti removal, holiday lighting, promotional marketing and special events.
The proposed Victory Blvd Business Improvement District is located along the Victory Blvd commercial corridor between Mann and Todt Hill Road, within the neighborhoods of Castleton Corners and Westerleigh. Steering Committee members include: Fran and Frank Reali of Better Homes and Garden/Safari Realty; Jon Salmon of Salmon Realty; Chris Williams of William Eye works; Michael Morrell of Westerleigh Improvement Society; Charles Di Bartolo of BetterBizworks; Kris Reiman of Reimans Hardware; Butch Galante of Galante Home Improvement; Peter Monzi of Shamrock Paints.