These Are The Facts...
Established: March 1998, under NYS Municipal Law Article 19-A
Status: 501(C)(6) non-profit corporation
Membership: 179 property owners of voting status
Total Assessed Value: $31,595,900.00
Total Number of Businesses (Retail/Services): 189
Sales Generated: Approx. $22 million/annual
Sales Tax Generated: Approx. $2.1 million (city & county)
Ø Incorporated as a 501(C)(6) Non-profit business/municipal assocation. (Board of Directors & Property Owners)
Ø Association based upon the National Trust Main Street Program: Four major committees: Business Development, Design, Organization and Promotion. (Board of Directors & City Community Development)
Ø Designed B.I.D. logo. (Promotion Committee & Board of Directors)
Ø Bond for Streetscape and Façade Improvements: $830,400.00 / 20 year bond. B.I.D. Pays 60% & City of Batavia 40%: Streetscape Improvements: $680,400.00 & Façade Improvement Grants: $150,000.00
Ø Downtown Manager hired to oversee administration and coordinate projects and promotion for organization. (B.I.D. Board & Organization Committee)
Ø Established first B.I.D. office, 97 Main Street (2nd floor). (Downtown Manager & Organization Committee)
Ø Phase I Main Street Infrastructure Improvements (light poles, trees, grates, etc.) – B.I.D. portion $135,000*. Total cost of project $225,000. (Design Committee)
Ø Banners with B.I.D. logo for the new decorative light poles. (Promotion Committee)
Ø Façade Improvement Matching Grant Program (Design Committee & Downtown Manager):
Completed projects: 72
Total Grant Awards: $311,921.31
Total Façade Costs: $939,076.12
Total Project Costs: $2,621,368.42 *
*Includes not only façade but other phases of the entire project
Ø New business – Dolly’s Candle Shop, 1 School Street. Provided grant funding. (Downtown Manager)
Ø Phase II Jackson, Center & School Street Infrastructure Improvements (light poles, trees, grates, stamped concrete) – B.I.D. Portion $151,359*. Total project cost $252,265. (Design Committee)
Ø Site visits and reports on eight (8) downtown buildings by Bero Associates Architects. This provided property owners with an evaluation of their building to determine maintenance/structural problems and ideas for façade improvements. (Downtown Manager & Design Committee)
Ø Received $4,500 from FleetBoston Financial Foundation for Business Development. Developed brochure for downtown. (Downtown Manager & Business Development Committee).
2000 – 2004
Ø Route 5 / Main Street Reconstruction Project. The Central Committee was made up of downtown business owners who contributed ideas to the project. B.I.D. Design worked on design elements (trees, light poles, benches, including the medians, for the $14 m project.
Ø Special Committee Formed: BID Reconstruction Committee focused on keeping businesses open by:
Purchased over 1500 yellow bags, “Downtown Batavia - We’re Open” to display in businesses to keep customers coming downtown.
Purchased over 2400 yellow plastic hard hats for “Hard Hat Sales” in downtown.
Setup cooperative advertising programs at reduced rates with Daily News, Genesee
Valley Pennysaver, Time Warner and WBTA Radio.
Assisted in design downtown Main Street. Visited other communities for ideas with
medians, flowers/trees/shrubs etc., brick pavers, signage etc.
2000 – 2010
Ø Jackson Square Concerts - Over $49,400 in sponsorships/grants for funding concerts. Approximately 38,500 people have attended these concerts. (Downtown Manager & Promotion Committee)
Ø New business – Angotti Beverage, 69 Jackson Street. Assisted City in bringing this business from west end of town. Provided grant funding. (Downtown Manager).
Ø Jackson Square Arts Festival. First event in the Square with artists and music. Over 400 people attended. This set the stage for using the Square as a public space.
Ø Plan and drawings created for the development of Jackson Square. Prepared by Bero Associates Architects. (Downtown Manager & Design Committee)
Ø Street number sign program to recognize business owners who received a façade improvement grant. Signs are oval with 23 karat gold numbers. (Design Committee)
Ø Phase III Center Street (south end), School & Jackson Street parking lots and Alva Place parking lot (curbing, light poles. sidewalks & trees and resurfacing) – B.I.D. Portion $177,878*. Total project cost $296,464.20. (Design Committee)
*Total B.I.D. investment for all three
streetscape projects: $464,237.00
Ø TV spots – advertisements on WROC Channel 8 TV “Focus on Batavia” to promote business development. (Business Development Committee)
Ø “Wing-Ding Side Walk Sales”. Downtown businesses participated in this event to promote shopping. (Promotion Committee)
Ø Developed B.I.D. website to promote the BID, businesses, events, properties, etc. (Organization Committee & Downtown Manager)
Ø Received $184,000 in member item funds from Assemblyman Nesbitt, Senator Rath & Assemblyman Hawley. To be used for façade improvements. (Downtown Manager)
Ø Monthly radio program on WBTA to feature new businesses, events and activities in downtown. (Downtown Manager)
Ø Purchased 165 Colored Light Pole Banners at a cost of $3,960.00. (Promotion Committee)
Ø Market Analysis & Consumer Demographics Report for Downtown Batavia conducted by Cornell University Institute for Social & Economic Research (Professor Warren Brown). (Downtown Manager & Business Development Committee)
Ø New business: House of K, 97 Main Street. Found location for this European women’s clothing store. Provided grant funding.
Ø Public Transportation - Proposed a plan to the RGRTA for a more efficient and comprehensive public bus system for downtown and community. (Business Development Committee & Anthony Condello, CATS Downtown)
Ø Host for the Wing-Ding/Summer the City Festival (Heritage & Family Fests). Over $46,000 in sponsorships to fund events. Over 17,000 people have attended these events. (Summer in the City Committee & Downtown Manager)
Ø Expansion of BID. Forty-six (46) properties on Ellicott Street. Increase in annual assessment: $26,400.00 (Increase total assessment from $76,940 to $120,000). Increase in City contribution: $10,000.00 (from $31,300 to $41,300) (B.I.D. Board & Downtown Manager)
Ø “Summer Spectacular Sidewalk Sales”. Nine businesses participated in this event to promote downtown shopping. (Promotion Committee).
Ø Revised parking plan (changed time limits to suite patrons needs) for Alva Place and Jubliee (Latina) parking lots. (BID Parking & Safety Committee)
Ø Cleaning up downtown. Thirty-two (32) businesses purchased fifty-one (51) cigarette urns. Partnership with B.I.D., City and B.I.D. businesses to share the cost of urns. (B.I.D. Board)
Ø Hosted Christmas In The City. Raised $14,225.00 in sponsorship funds. Over 6,500 people attended these events. (Christmas in the City Committee & Downtown Manager).
Ø Invested $4,300.00 for creation and distribution of full color downtown brochure listing all BID businesses. Distributed all over western New York. (Business Development Committee & Downtown Manager).
Ø New business – Grugnale’s Italian Market & Deli, 35 Jackson Street. Found location for business. Provided grant funding. (Downtown Manager)
Ø Plan to consolidate dumpsters in the downtown was proposed to the City. (Parking & Safety Committee)
Ø B.I.D. By-Laws revised to better organize the association. (By-Laws Committee)
Ø Invested $2,400.00 for Time Warner cable advertising to promote downtown businesses & Christmas In The City. (Christmas in the City & Business Development Committees)
Ø “Visioning for the Future” – Strategic plan for the B.I.D.’s future. Over 25 individuals for downtown businesses, organizations and government participated in the development of this plan. (B.I.D. Board & Downtown Manager)
Created a new mission statement, “The Batavia Business Improvement District cultivates and promotes the economic vitality of our downtown to create a vibrant destination!”
Created a vision statement, “The Batavia Business Improvement District will create the community of choice!”
Ø New business – South Beach Restaurant, 59 Main Street. Partnered with the City in finding a location. Provided grant funding. (Downtown Manager)
Ø Ellicott Street Design Charrette was held with a number of the Ellicott Street merchants, BID Design Committee and City officials to develop concepts for the Ellicott Street reconstruction project. (Downtown Manager & Design Committee)
Ø NY Main Street Program Grant for $200,000 awarded by NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation. Dedicated to a specific downtown target zone for residential housing and façade improvements. (Downtown Manager & Design Committee)
Ø WXXI TV Auction - Contributed two “Downtown Batavia” Packages with 18 businesses contributing over $1,400 in certificates, products and services. Promoted downtown and individual businesses to over 240,000 viewers in April. (Downtown Manager)
Ø “Jackson Square Inside” concert in conjunction with Chamber of Commerce “Business Showcase” in the Batavia City Centre. Partnered with the Batavia City Centre to attract more people to the event and for shopping.
Ø Contributed $500 to help City purchase hanging baskets for downtown light poles. (Design
Ø Merchant Survey conducted to determine the needs of the businesses in terms of advertising, events and programs. Fifty (50) businesses responded and provided valuable information.
Ø Downtown Manager appointed Regional Vice-President to the New York State Urban
Ø Downtown Public Market started with 12 vendors. Approximately 1,000 people shopped at the market and other downtown stores. (Public Market Committee & Downtown Manager)
Ø New business – Horizon Health Services, 314 Ellicott Street. Assisted Pyramid Development Corp. & Don Wills (Horizon) to find location in downtown. (Downtown Manager)
Ø Sponsored NYSERDA “Free Mobile Energy Clinic” for 35 downtown businesses. (Provided free thermostats, energy saving analysis’ and recommendations.) (Downtown Manager & Organization Committee)
Ø Distributed 550 teal and red, “Shop Downtown Batavia,” shopping bags to businesses to be displayed in their windows. (Promotion Committee)
Ø Moved B.I.D. Office to new location at 200 East Main Street as the organization needed more space and a more professional atmosphere. (B.I.D. Board )
Ø Advertising partnerships between the Drummer Pennysaver, Genesee Valley Pennysaver and the B.I.D. Each publication is providing reduced rates to B.I.D. members to advertise on their “Downtown Pages” on a weekly and special event basis.
Ø WXXI TV Auction “Downtown Batavia Packages” in April. Twenty–three businesses donated to three packages to promote downtown Batavia and their individual businesses to over 240,000 TV viewers in western New York and southern Canada.
Ø Approved the funding of a $250,000.00 bond for ten years with the City for the Ellicott Street Construction Project. The B.I.D.pays 60% and the City 40%.(Board of Directors & Design Committee)
Ø Cleaning up downtown. Four (4) more businesses purchased (4) cigarette urns. Partnership with B.I.D., City and businesses to share the cost of urns. (B.I.D. Board)
Ø “Downtown Development Plan” created to attract developers/ investors and businesses to invest in downtown Batavia. (Business Development Committee & Downtown Manager).
For Information Contact
Batavia Business Improvement District
200 East Main Street, Suite 12
Batavia, New York 14021