Legislation was introduced yesterday in the DC Council to create a new Business Improvement District in Southwest. Steve Moore from PN Hoffman, who has been spearheading the BID effort, came before ANC 6D this evening to seek their support for the creation of the BID. After some questioning by the commissioners, the ANC unanimously supported the BID organizers' efforts.
The rough boundaries of the SWBID are Independence Avenue to the north, 15th Street and Water Street to the west, Maine Avenue and M Street to the south, and South Capitol Street to the east. In order to fund the BID, there will be four classes of membership, each with their own set of fees: commercial property, industrial or unimproved land, hotels, and residential. The residential class includes apartment buildings with 10 units or more and the BID fee will be sent to the owners of the buildings. Condominiums, co-ops, town homes, public housing, and apartment buildings with less than 10 units are exempt, but will have the opportunity to opt-in if they want.
The mission of the SWBID will be to advance the SW quadrant as a cleaner, greener, better connected place. There are seven main categories of services that the new BID will provide, including:
- Safety and Hospitality
- Marketing/Branding/Special Events
- Public Space Management
- Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability
- Homeless Services
- Economic Development
Over the next year, there will be several initiatives undertaken by the BID, including an ambassador program; a "clean team", an inventory of public space; homeless outreach; creating a transportation network; a merchandising plan to attract and maintain businesses; creating special events; developing an identity for the BID; and keep stakeholders updated on progress made by the BID. If the DC Council and the Department of Small and Local Business Development approves the BID creation, services could begin as soon as the spring of 2014.
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