Btw, the Pratt Area Community Council is involved now, and that's a big, big plus. They know how to do this stuff, and are consulting with the current FEPMA leaders, to do this thing right.
Here's the whole story from Delroy Wright,
Dear Community Leader:
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Pratt Area Community Council (PACC). PACC is a local nonprofit organization that has served the central Brooklyn community for 49 years by developing and managing affordable housing opportunity and by providing direct technical assistance to small businesses. PACC has been very successful in its commercial revitalization initiative for over 15 years. One of PACC’s prominent successes in merchant organizing is the formation of the Fulton Area Business (FAB) Association now called the FAB Alliance Business Improvement District, a publicprivate partnership that provides extensive supplementary services such as increased sanitation, security, and marketing to the Fulton Street corridor.
With that said, we have asked PACC to initially lead with our initiative to formally organize a merchants association that will work to create a vibrant commercial corridor along Flatbush Avenue. A primary mission of the association will be to strategically plan ways to support the quality businesses and to compliment the current retail mix along Flatbush Avenue. The merchants association will also be instrumental in addressing our neighborhood concerns such as vacancy, foot traffic and littered sidewalks. To further stimulate the development of Flatbush Avenue, the Flatbush Empire Parkside Merchants’ Association (FEPMA) in collaboration with PACC is now conducting a Commercial Needs Survey.
The Flatbush Avenue Commercial Needs Survey is designed to assess local residents’ shopping experiences on Flatbush Avenue and gather their input on what types of businesses are needed/wanted in this area. Simply, this survey will assist in determining what residents enjoy in the neighborhood as well as determine what is lacking. The survey will also help FEPMA and PACC appropriately recruit businesses.
This survey can be found by clicking on the link http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YFCC9NC. It takes less than 5 minutes to complete. So please take a moment to read each question carefully and answer to the best of your ability for your entire household. Thank you for your time!
Interim President of FEPMA