Property Owners are “Rolling Up the Gates” on February 26th for Fulton Street and Washington Avenue Storefront Stroll
Contact: Dale Charles, Pratt Area Community Council, 347-823-5700 ext. 11
On Saturday, February 26, 2011, prospective business owners will tour available storefronts on Fulton Street and Washington Avenue in Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bedford Stuyvesant and Prospect Heights Brooklyn as part of the 2nd round of the 2011 “Rolling Up the Gates” (RUG) Storefront Stroll. This storefront open house event is organized by Pratt Area Community Council (PACC)’s Economic Development Department in partnership with Washington Avenue-Prospect Heights Association (WAPHA) and Heart of Brooklyn. The goal of this event is to simplify entrepreneurs’ search for retail space while providing property owners with a means of cooperatively advertising their available commercial spaces.
Just as finding an apartment in New York City can be tricky, so too is locating the perfect retail space. PACC’s Director of Economic Development Dale Charles said, “We hope that with the success of the previous RUG storefront stroll we will continuously attract new businesses to Central Fulton Street and Washington Avenue that complement an already diverse retail mix and keep down the vacancies on both corridors. In combining our efforts with other organizations, we continue to assist local entrepreneurs by showcasing primary commercial corridors.” PACC’S vision of the RUG Storefront Stroll is to create a local and thriving retail area that continuously reminds neighborhood residents to shop local. “We are very excited to enhance business development along Washington Avenue,” states Dana Ottey, Vice President of the Washington Avenue-Prospect Heights Association (WAPHA) and owner of AweDacity boutique.
The second round of the 2011 RUG storefront stroll will showcase vacant spaces along two thriving growing corridors along Fulton Street, between Vanderbilt and Bedford Avenues and Washington Avenue between Atlantic Avenue and Eastern Parkway. These corridors are home to the Bed-Stuy Gateway and FAB Alliance business improvement districts and the WAPHA merchant association. Dale Charles, PACC’s Director of Economic Development said “with each successful RUG Storefront Stroll we continuously help not only the Central Fulton Street corridor but we are also able to help participating organizations in reducing their vacancy rates.”
The quarterly held RUG Storefront Stroll is a free event held PACC’s Economic Development office located at 896-900 Fulton Street between Waverly and Washington Avenues from 9:00am to 2:00pm. It consists of a welcome breakfast reception with a host of organizations that will assist entrepreneurs with direct technical assistance, and then a guided tour of the available commercial spaces. Each gate will be “Rolled Up” by a Landlord/Manager or PACC Staff and will be able to answer the questions of perspective tenants. Tour packets with a list of available commercial spaces and information on the advantages of owning a local business will be available only at the event.
For more information, please contact (347) 823-5700 x25 or visit www.prattarea.org.
Founded in 1964, Pratt Area Community Council is a non-profit community development corporation committed to improving the quality of life for all residents of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The 2010 Storefront Strolls are funded in part by the NYC Department of Small Business Services’ Avenue NYC Program, The Bank of New York Mellon, the Brooklyn Community Foundation, M & T Charitable Foundation and Heart of Brooklyn. Established in August 2007, the Washington Avenue-Prospect Heights Association (WAPHA) promotes and supports community initiatives in the Prospect Heights neighborhood. WAPHA collaborates with local businesses and the Heart of Brooklyn to continually strengthen the future of this Brooklyn neighborhood.
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