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April 21, 2011

Battle of the BIDs: MetroTech merchants fighting takeover try by downtown Brooklyn group

NY Daily News
by Erin Durkin

Small-business owners around MetroTech are battling a move by downtown Brooklyn powerbrokers to take over their merchants group.

The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership is vying to take over the MetroTech Business Improvement District - which taxes property owners and provides security and cleanup services - and control its $2.6 million annual budget.

Partnership officials say they're just trying to run things more efficiently, but some BID members are resisting, charging the group would slight services to small businesses and cater to big developers.

"It's all about the money," said BID President Victoria Aviles, owner of Bridge Cleaners and Tailors. "We have programs that benefit the mom-and-pop merchants and the new residents ... We serve the community, not the developers."

City officials and top local developers like Forest City Ratner - which developed MetroTech - are backing the takeover.


NoLandGrab: We follow a simple rule of thumb in disputes like this — if Forest City Ratner supports it, it can't possibly be good.

Posted by eric at April 21, 2011 10:30 AM