The first goal is safe and clean streets that will create an environment conducive to luring more business and investment. Supplemental sanitation and security and improved lighting are part of the plan.
“Supplemental security is the highest priority of this BID,’’ said Collins, who hopes to stay on to run the BID. “It’s as much to do with the perception of feeling safe. People park on side streets and there is a history of car break-ins. That will come to a screeching halt.’’
The BID “has the potential to help take Wynwood to the next level,’’ said Tony Cho, president and CEO of Metro 1 Properties, who helped champion the BID. “Now it’s about execution – allocating resources and making it a reality.’’
Cho said another goal – making the area’s zoning more favorable for development – will help draw the sort of mixed-use, “work-live’’ urban-infill projects envisioned by many. Metro 1 is currently developing and retrofitting a building at 29th Street and Northwest Second Avenue, The Wynwood Gateway Building, for retail use.
Goldman Properties has several projects in the works, including The Wynwood House at 331 NW 26th St, a mixed-use loft that will combine work and living spaces, and The Green Space at 310 NW 26th St., a retail and office project that will feature a live green wall.
Goldman Properties, whose founder Tony Goldman died last year, has been a big player in the neighborhood’s revitalization since 2005. The firm, whose ventures include Joey’s Italian Cafe and Wynwood Kitchen & Bar and the Wynwood Walls project, has gradually ventured west.