Property Owners ‘Roll Up the Gates’ For Fulton St.-Washington Ave. Stroll

FORT GREENE — On Saturday, Nov. 20, 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 another “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 continuing this event will 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. It is also an exciting opportunity to combine our efforts with other organizations in assisting local entrepreneurs by showcasing other primary commercial corridors.”

In the current financial climate, the RUG Storefront Stroll will also remind neighborhood residents how important it is to support local businesses and “Shop Brooklyn.”

“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. “In keeping with the Shop Local campaign, we support local entrepreneurs and help attract prospective tenants to the emerging corridor.”

An exciting addition to this event is “Molly the Trolley,” which will help 26 entrepreneurs get around with ease. The vacant spaces along Fulton Street, between Flatbush and Bedford avenues, are disbursed along a one-mile stretch covering the length of the newly formed BID, FAB Alliance. Washington Avenue properties fall between Atlantic Avenue and Eastern Parkway, a 10-block corridor that features the majority of WAPHA members.

“Molly the Trolley” is a great way to see our community’s assets quickly and with ease” said Dale Charles, PACC’s director of economic development. “We hope the guided tour will show prospective commercial tenants the strong creative potential that exists in our area.”

This free event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will consist of a welcome breakfast reception with a host of financial institutions and organizations that will assist entrepreneurs with direct technical assistance, and then a guided tour of the available commercial spaces.

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. 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.