Fieldwork, one on one surveys, public meetings, experience of other NYC BIDs, endless correspondence, the realities of the street, status of Henry Buhl’s ACE program, all informed the BID program of services and improvements. The Services will supplement the municipal services that are provided by the City to the District, and shall not take the place of services provided by the City on a city wide basis.
1. Sanitation and Snow Removal
Sanitation and snow removal may include, but shall not be limited to, the sweeping and cleaning of sidewalks and curbs, maintenance of trash receptacles, graffiti removal, maintenance of street furniture and management of new boxes, as well as snow removal at street corners within the District. Sanitation services will be performed with the cooperation of the NYC Department of Sanitation.
2. Pedestrian/Public Safety Services
Public Safety services are intended to focus on the pedestrian areas and to develop solutions to manage the sidewalk congestion and to mitigate the impact of street vending due to the District’s emergence as a major retailing destination. Services may include, but shall not be limited to, unarmed patrol of the District or designated to specific areas of concern, utilizing a licensed and bonded company which would provide public safety services under a contract with the SoHo DMA and work in conjunction with the local NYPD Precinct. The public safety officers would be the “eyes and ears” of the District for all types of activities, including the monitoring of street vending to ensure enforcement of existing regulations by the proper authorities, and to project a positive image of the District by providing information and assistance as well as maintaining a safe and secure environment for all who experience the District.
3. Capital Improvement Projects
Capital improvement projects, may include but not be limited to, storefront and or façade improvement projects that address issues of signage, pedestrian area lighting, among others. When necessary, the BID will assist and act as a liaison to governmental agencies that have jurisdiction, particularly NYC Landmarks Commission, as the SoHo BID area properties are located within the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District. Capital improvement projects may also include, but not be limited to physical streetscape improvements or amenities within the District that identify, enhance and beautify the District as well as improve pedestrian circulation and public safety.
4. Advocacy & General & Administration
The BID will act as advocate on behalf of the stakeholders of the District to government agencies and elected public officials. The administration of the District shall be by salaried staff which may include, but not be limited to: Executive Director, Project Manager and any other special staff and/or consultants that the Board of Directors may deem necessary from time to time, such as communications professionals, and others with specialized technical knowledge and abilities. Administrative costs may also include office-related expenses such as rent, telephone, insurance, supplies, fringe benefits and other ordinary, necessary, and reasonable services and supplies.