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Soho BID clears city planning hurdle

January 27, 2011 11:11AM

The New York City Department of City Planning voted unanimously yesterday morning to approve the proposed Soho Business Business Improvement District, according to Crain’s. The plan will now face City Council review, before the mayor’s office gives its final approval. If approved, the BID would join 64 others across the city, including the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and the Fordham Road Business Improvement District. The city planning vote is a good sign for the proposal, according to Barbara Cohen, a senior associate with consultancy group Robert B. Pauls, which is helping structure the possible neighborhood improvement group. “The vote is good news because it validates the steering committee’s feeling that they have a workable plan,” Cohen said. “We are moving forward and want to keep up the momentum.” [Crain’s]

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