The Neighborhood 360° program was created by the NYC SBS to identify, develop, and launch commercial revitalization projects in partnership with local stakeholders.
The program started with a Commercial District Needs Assessment (CDNA) which highlights a neighborhood’s existing business landscape, featuring the main commercial corridors and taking an account of vacancies. It also calls for interaction with the merchants and residents to register consumer characteristics. The CDNA, commercial needs assessment, in Inwood was conducted in partnership with three local organizations including the Washington Heights Business Improvement District (BID). Between February and June 2016. Key issues and opportunities were identified through this assessment helped prioritize local investments and served as an informational and marketing resource for the neighborhood.
The SBS supported grant was used to implement the revitalization projects determined by the CDNA. In Inwood, these projects include the enhancement of the neighborhood’s retail diversity, collaboration with Inwood Art Works, NoMAA, Friends of Inwood Hill Park, workshops, networking events, district marketing, the beautification of its commercial corridors to make Inwood’s streets even more attractive places for all residents and visitors to shop, work, live, and play, and the creation of a merchant organization, thus the Inwood Merchant Association.