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Schenectady County Connection

Upper Union BID expands eligibility

The Upper Union Street Business Improvement is looking to expand its membership by offering a different option for businesses outside of its boundaries.

Business neighbors of the special taxing district established by the City of Schenectady in 1991 can now apply for an alternative Upper Union Street BID Associate membership. The new classification will allow some of the full membership benefits, with dues set at $150 annually. The new membership offering stemmed from non-member inquires to join BID.

“The Associate Membership idea is a way to respond to the needs of neighborhood businesses, especially those located in the Town of Niskayuna, without going through a very complicated legislative process,” said Chris DiCocco, chair of the BID. “And, it’s a logical way to grow the BID with an eclectic mix of retail and business to business services. The board voted unanimously in favor of this exciting ‘next step’ in our development.”

Inside the special taxing district property owners pay based on their commercial property assessment, so full membership is limited to eligible businesses. The boundaries of the BID tax district run along Union Street from VanAntwerp Road at the Niskayuna town line westward to Palmer Avenue.

Associate membership would provide benefit such as free participation at the following events:

  • Upper Union Street Strawberry Fest in June
  • Upper Union Street Harvest Fest in October
  • Annual Tree Lighting ceremony in December
  • Upper Union Street Farmers Market

Also, associate members could take advantage of co-op and other advertising at specially negotiated group fees, be included and linked from the BID’s website, and be entitled to a free monthly subscription and editorial presence in BID’s business to business newsletter. Associate members will not have voting rights.

Application forms are available from UU BID Executive Director Nell Burrows by calling 370-0662 or emailing nburrows@nycap.rr.com.

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