2004-09-03 / Community

RDRC Teams With DSBS For Storefront Revitalization

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

By Miriam Rosenberg
Contributing Editor

The new, improved look for Centro America Restaurant, Valencia Party Decorations, Kings and Queens and Queens Nails was unveiled on August 21.
The new, improved look for Centro America Restaurant, Valencia Party Decorations, Kings and Queens and Queens Nails was unveiled on August 21.

  • The Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corp. (RDRC), as a result of a grant from the Department of Small Business Services (DSBS), helped four businesses in the Far Rockaway shopping district improve the aesthetic appeal of their storefronts.
  • Centro America Restaurant, Valencia Party Decorations, Kings and Queens and Queens Nails received new awnings, power washing of the dirt and graffiti from the buildings and a new paint job as a result of the, little over, $3,000 project.

    Alan Postman and Tony Berkel (of RDRC) stand in front of two of the businesses – Queens Nails and Kings and Queens – that benefited from the revitalization project.
Alan Postman and Tony Berkel (of RDRC) stand in front of two of the businesses – Queens Nails and Kings and Queens – that benefited from the revitalization project. “The city gives us the money, and we go out there and implement the project,” explained Tony Berkel, the Director of Business and Professional Services for RDRC.

    Alan Postman, who owns the property on which the four adjoining stores stand, gave the go ahead of the project for his tenants,

    “They needed four continuous businesses to take part in the program,” said Postman, as he stood across the street from the stores. “I did it for my tenants. It improves the buildings and the look around here.”

    Dilenia Vazuuez, of Valencia Party Decorations, gave thumbs up to the improvements Postman made.

    “I’m very happy with it,” she said. “It is a very nice thing for [Postman] to do for us.”

    Berkel would like to see more stores take part in the RDRC/DSBS improvement project sparking further revitalization in the Rockaways.

    “It only takes one owner with a vision to start the evolution of positive growth in commercial districts,” Berkel said.

    RDRC is currently working to get another commercial revitalization grant for 2005 in an effort to continue to change and improve the look of the shopping districts in the Rockaways.

    “We are hoping to renew our contract with the Department of Small Business Services,” said Berkel.

    Berkel explained that the revitalization project is open to all businesses on the Peninsula as long as funding is available.

    RDRC contracted National Awning Corp. and Legacy General Construction for the work on the buildings that finished on August 21 when the awnings were put up.

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