Special Service Areas, known as Business Improvement Districts or BIDs in other cities, are local tax districts that fund expanded services and programs through a localized property tax levy within contiguous areas. The enhanced services and programs are in addition to those currently provided through the City.
SSA-funded projects typically include but are not limited to: public way maintenance and beautification; district marketing and advertising; business retention/attraction, special events and promotional activities; auto and bike transit; security; facade improvements; and other commercial and economic development initiatives.
The City contracts with local non-profits, called Service Providers, to manage SSAs. Mayorally-appointed SSA Commissioners for each SSA district oversee and recommend the annual services, budget and Service Provider Agency to the City. For additional information, visit the City of Chicago's SSA Program online or download this presentation.
Spring 2016 brings new flowers to the over eighty flower baskets in the SSA footprint. This will be the second year Brickman provides flowers for these baskets.
Viaduct and Sidewalk Cleaning
The viaducts on 53rd and 55th streets will be power washed three times a year. This will make for a more pleasant walk through them.
Sidewalk cleaning will also be performed three times a year also using 360 degree water removing gum residue.
New lids and liners were added to all fifty five trash containers in the footprint. This will help in keeping the trash in the containers.
There were several projects over there were several projects that were centered building customer traffic into the district. The Summer Sunday Concert Series attracted over 1700 visitors to the footprint generating a $35,000 economic impact to the business corridor.
After a yearlong campaign to establish brand identity for the Special Service Area Hyde Park, and begin to centralize around a central point of engagement for patrons, and visitors to learn about Hyde Park, “Downtown Hyde Park” was born. The following badge was created.
This Brand Identity Badge will come to be identified as Special Service Ares Hyde Park. The badge will be displayed in businesses throughout the footprint of the SSA.
The following taglines were adopted;