Tacoma City Council is tentatively scheduled later this month to hear the first reading of an ordinance that would renew the City of Tacoma’s agreement with the Business Improvement Area (BIA) to provide a variety of services in Tacoma’s primary commercial area.
The BIA is funded through a self-imposed assessment of property owners within an 84-block area that runs from South 7th Street to South 21st Street and ‘A’ Street west to Court ‘D.’ The BIA, which was established in 1988, provides common services for property owners and is an advocate for the general economic well being of downtown property owners. It provides services such as security patrols on bicycles; support for the Tacoma Police Department; coordination of downtown security officers; an e-mail alert system for downtown property owners and managers; pressure washing, sweeping, and cleaning of sidewalks and other common areas; installation of street banners; graffiti removal; providing timely information for potential investors; and overseeing Web sites and regular print publications that promote downtown Tacoma.
Last month, Tacoma City Council approved a resolution to hold a public hearing on Tues., March 18, to consider expanding the BIA’s boundaries to include the future McMenamin’s Elks Lodge brewery and hotel. According to City of Tacoma staff, McMenamin’s, which owns four parcels of land (most notably, the former Elks Lodge at 565 Broadway) within the proposed expansion area, has asked to participate in the downtown Tacoma BIA.
Also BIA-related, Tacoma Daily Index editor Todd Matthews joined BIA bike patrol officers on an overnight ride-along as they patrolled downtown Tacoma. He wrote a feature article about the experience for the newspaper.
Councilmembers are tentatively scheduled to hear the first reading of an ordinance — which would continue the BIA for the 27th year; provide for the levy of assessments and other projected income in the amount of $826,364; and approve the seventh year of the renewed BIA work plan, budget, and assessment rates — during their meeting on Tues., March 18, at 5 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 747 Market Street, First Floor. The meeting will be broadcast live on tvtacoma.com.
To read the Tacoma Daily Index‘s complete and comprehensive coverage of downtown Tacoma’s Business Improvement Area, click on the following links:
- City Hall News: McMenamin’s BIA Expansion, Knights of Pythias turns 150 and Enviro Services strategic plan (Tacoma Daily Index, February 21, 2014)
- Tacoma City Council renews BIA agreement (Tacoma Daily Index, March 28, 2012)
- Tacoma City Council to vote on downtown BIA agreement (Tacoma Daily Index, March 23, 2012)
- Work completed on downtown street improvement project (Tacoma Daily Index, September 1, 2011)
- Chamber hires Metropolitan Development Director (Tacoma Daily Index, August 17, 2011)
- Tacoma City Council to vote on downtown BIA agreement (Tacoma Daily Index, March 4, 2011)
- BIA hosts free lunchtime walking tours (Tacoma Daily Index, September 23, 2010)
- Tacoma City Council could renew BIA agreement (Tacoma Daily Index, March 19, 2010)
- BIA: More downtown TPD coverage in 2010 (Tacoma Daily Index, November 6, 2009)
- Lunchtime entertainment slated for Tollefson Plaza (Tacoma Daily Index, June 15, 2009)
- Business Improvement Area to be considered for 22nd year (Tacoma Daily Index, March 9, 2009)
- Downtown BIA extension approved (Tacoma Daily Index, February 20, 2008)
- 10-year extension of downtown BIA to be considered (Tacoma Daily Index, February 19, 2008)
- On eve of 10-year renewal, changes ahead for downtown BIA (Tacoma Daily Index, February 13, 2008)
- Public hearing, ordinance regarding extension of downtown BIA (Tacoma Daily Index, February 11, 2008)
- All eyes (and wheels) on the street (Tacoma Daily Index, April 19, 2007)
- City Council updated on BIA plans for 2003 (Tacoma Daily Index, February 26, 2003)