Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2018 #17
ORDER ADOPTED
Jan 29, 2018 5:30 PM

That the City Manager is requested to explore funding options for the possibility of creating a Business Improvement District (BID) for Central Square.

Information

Department:City Clerk's Office, AMSponsors:Councillor Alanna Mallon, Councillor E. Denise Simmons, Mayor Marc C. McGovern
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

Many business leaders and community residents have expressed interest in exploring the possibility of establishing a Business Improvement District (BID) for Central Square; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Members of BIDs enjoy many benefits as a result of sharing resources, such as coordinated marketing strategies, increased foot traffic, and a healthier retail environment; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

BIDs are integral in improving communities by putting on events, coordinating seasonal decorations, maintaining cleanliness and safety of streets, connecting community members with social services, and creating a more inviting environment for both residents and visitors by emphasizing “place-making”; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The City of Cambridge has the opportunity to be a leader in the revitalization of retail districts, along with the 7 other cities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that have established BIDs (Taunton, Amherst, Springfield, Westfield, Hyannis, Boston, and Northampton); and

 

 

WHEREAS:

There could potentially be countless benefits to such an initiative, including supporting our local businesses and establishing Central Square as a pre-eminent arts and cultural district; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Prior to creating such an initiative, there needs to be information gathering and study before such an effort occurs; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to explore possible ways the City of Cambridge could provide funding that would allow exploration of the possibility of creating a BID for Central Square in the form of a feasibility study.

 

Meeting History

Jan 29, 2018 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED