It's our downtown businesses that are at the core of the BIA's operations. Everything the BIA does is an effort to promote the area's businesses, and help them to flourish. Here you'll find important information for those who operate or are considering the establishment of a BIA member business.
Every month the BIA publishes a newsletter with all the latest news and information relevant to downtown businesses.
See below for the most recent issues:
The BIA Board of Management meets the 1st Thursday of every Month at. 8:30 AM. Meetings are open to all BIA members and are usually held in the BIA Board Room at 5 Graham St. But with Covid 19 we are meeting Virtually on Zoom. Call the office to request the zoom link and an agenda in advance.
Sub-Committees: Promotions, Advertising & Marketing
Our sub-committees are enthusiastic and dynamic groups of people with the same basic interest at heart; making Downtown Woodstock a fun and lively place to shop, dine, work and play. The Sub-committees' goals are to improve on the events that we have, to explore new events and ideas, to offer input and assistance in establishing our events, to promote the events, and to generally liven up the Downtown. Have a great idea? Come and share it with us! New Members are always welcome.
In 2009, the BIA Board approved a plan to allow businesses outside the BIA boundaries apply for BIA associate membership. For details and benefits of this program please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Improvement Program
In 2011, Woodstock's Community Improvement Program was revised. It now offers a wide variety of benefits for businesses in the BIA. You can find more information below.
See below for Community Improvement Program - Incentive Programs
BIA Members Information
Tax Grant Program
The City will grant back 100% of the increased (City & county) portion of property taxes for a five-year period following physical improvement to a building.
Facade Improvement Grant & Loan Program
A grant of up to $10,000 per storefront or $30,000 for a corner building for the refurbishment of existing facades. Similar to the facade loan program, the amount of funds granted will equate to 50% of the value of eligible works.
A 10-year interest free loan to encourage the refurbishment of downtown properties within the Community Improvement Plan Area. The program provides interest free loans of $25,000 per distinct building. No payments are required during the first five years. Beginning in year six, minimum payments of $1,000 per year are required. Any outstanding balance is due by the end of year ten. Available funds equate to 50% of the value of eligible works.
Residential Conversion & Intensification Program
Grants of up to $5,000 per new unit or $40,000 per application to encourage the development of new residential units in the downtown.
In addition to the grant portion of the program a 10-Year interest free loan of up to $10,000 per unit of $80,000 per application will also be available. Available funds equate 50% of the value eligible works.
Parking Fee Grant Program
The City will grant back the cost of municipal parking permit fees for certain targeted developments.
Grant In Lieu of Permit Fees
The City will grant back municipal permit fees (building permit fees, sign fees, etc.) upon project completion.
Awning, Signing & Decorative Lighting Program
A one-time grant for eligible improvements to awnings, signage and/or lighting to a maximum of $3,000 per distinct building.
Similar to the facade loan program, the amount of funds granted equate to 50% of the value of eligible works.
Non-Street Front Facade Loan
A 10-year interest free loan of up to $25,000 per distinct building for the restoration needs of the rear or alleyway facing portions of buildings in the Central Area of the CIP area. Similar to the facade loan program, the amount of funds loaned equate to the 50% of the value of eligible works.
In conjunction with most of the loan/grant programs, a grant may be available to assist with the preparation of a design study for restoration and preservation projects of up to $1,500 per applicant. In addition, the City will incorporate the cost of legal and registration as part of the incentive to those accessing CIP programs.