addressing business retention and attraction to 3rd street .
bayview makers kitchen
EDoT's primary responsibility is addressing business retention and attraction to 3rd Street which is achieved by establishing relationships with existing property owners and businesses. The revitalization of the corridor is carefully managed and intentionally employs anti-displacement strategies. EDoT has built relationships with all of the business and property owners along the 3rd Street corridor, focusing on identifying vacant properties and attracting neighborhood serving businesses.
Working with the leadership of EDoT, and in implementing a Façade & Tenant Improvement program for the last 4 years, EDoT has identified long time vacant properties to be rehabilitated and matched to businesses that want to locate in Bayview. This included reaching out to and prioritizing African American business and property owners that lack capital to invest in their properties but want to ensure that these assets remain with long time Bayview families who in some instances are multi-generational. In the last two years alone, over 12 new businesses have opened on the 3rd Street corridor with over half of those belonging to African American first-time entrepreneurs.
The Bayview Maker's Kitchen was created in 2020 to provide a space for local food makers to produce and sell their unique products. Founded through a partnership between EDoT (Economic Development on Third), a 501(c)3 organization focused on intentional, equitable business development in the Bayview Hunters Point region of the city, and OEWD (the Office of Economic and Workforce Development), The Bayview Makers Kitchen is a low-barrier-to-entry, certified catering and food processing kitchen. Collaboration within the kitchen is what makes this initiative successful. Entrepreneurs can use the facility to innovate, define, build and market their products. We are committed to supporting and seeking opportunities for BIPOC, LGBTQ, and women owned and led businesses within our community.
Partnering with business owners, EDoT has sponsored many events inside or outside of corridor businesses. This helps bring visibility to the businesses and also gives the corridor a sense of community activation.
corridor data + vacancies
Having an accurate count of the Bayview Commercial Corridor gives us a tool to measure the health of the corridor as well as track the new businesses opening or closing. This helps us to get a better sense of the economic vitality on the corridor.
digital marketing for local businesses
With COVID-19 upending the way we conduct business (particularly in the retail sector), we pivoted to an online platform to give our local merchants an opportunity to continue selling while their businesses were ordered closed. EDoT is proud to have worked with the Bayview Makers to create an online digital marketplace. This platform is available to any of our Bayview/HP merchants regardless of if they have a brick and mortar location.
public art +
While EDoT does not commission art, we certainly advocate for it on our corridor. Third Street has a rich history of murals, mosaics and other public art projects. We have been very active in helping to preserve and restore art for the benefit of all that visit Third Street. We believe that public art can help to maintain the cultural identity of a commercial corridor.
events + local
EDoT has held many events and collaborated with many community partners since our inception. From Super Bowl parties to fundraisers for our Arts and Craft communities, we believe hosting events and collaborating brings out the best of our community. In Bayview there is a deep sense of pride in the sharing of resources, knowledge and ideas amongst our merchants.