Tacoma City Council to vote on downtown BIA agreement

Tacoma City Council is scheduled to hear the final 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 ( http://www.tacomabia.org and http://tacomadowntown.blogspot.com) and regular print publications that promote downtown Tacoma.

City Council is scheduled to vote on the ordinance during its meeting on Tues., March 27 at 5 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 747 Market Street, First Floor. The meeting will be broadcast live on http://www.tvtacoma.com and on TV Tacoma (Channel 12). To download a copy of the ordinance and the complete agenda, click here — http://cms.cityoftacoma.org/cityclerk/Files/CityCouncil/Agendas/2012-FullAgendas/Full20120327.pdf .

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Work completed on downtown street improvement project (09/01/11) — http://tacomadailyindex.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=88&cat=23&id=2030348&more=0

Chamber hires Metropolitan Development Director (08/17/11) — http://tacomadailyindex.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=88&cat=23&id=2023348&more=0

Tacoma City Council to vote on downtown BIA agreement (03/04/11) — http://tacomadailyindex.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=88&cat=23&id=1936117&more=0

BIA hosts free lunchtime walking tours (09/23/10) — http://tacomadailyindex.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=88&cat=23&id=1844158&more=0

All eyes (and wheels) on the street (04/19/07) — http://www.wahmee.com/tdi_bia_bike_patrol.pdf