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Southern Blvd. BID to get help attracting businesses

Southern Blvd. at E. 163rd St.


The Mott Haven economic development organization, SoBRO, has been awarded funding by the city to help spark commercial activity on Southern Boulevard in Longwood.

The city’s Department of Small Business Services announced it will back SoBRO’s Avenue NYC program, as the group vies to bring new businesses to Longwood and help existing stores attract more customers.

SoBRO officials say they will work with the Southern Boulevard Business Improvement District to conduct a market analysis survey in the area, and hold a real estate summit for potential renters, landlords, and brokers to help bring down local vacancy rates.

In addition to the Longwood venture, SoBRO will receive city funding to work with businesses in Tremont and in the East Tremont commercial district, to help establish a Business Improvement District to spark economic activity.

For more information about the Avenue NYC program, visit the Small Business Services’ website at http://www.nyc.gov/html/sbs/html/home/home.shtml.

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