What is the Downtown Community Improvement District (CID)?
The Downtown St. Louis Community Improvement District (CID) is a 180-square block area located within the core of Downtown that was established in 2000 by property owners who were committed to keeping the neighborhood cleaner, safer and more attractive.
For nearly 20 years, the CID has worked hard to make Downtown an attractive place for businesses, residents, and visitors. Supplementing City services in beautification and safety efforts has been the hallmark of our work. Here are some examples:
- Through the CID, we pick up trash, as well as plant and maintain the trees and flowers.
- Because of the funding the CID provides, Downtown has the only St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Bike Unit in the City of St. Louis.
- The CID has catalyzed economic revitalization, including providing financial support for Arch Grants, T-Rex, the St. Louis Fashion Fund, and the many special events that bring thousands of people Downtown each year.
- During the COVID-19 pandemic shut-down, we gave $100,000 in grants to small businesses within the CID and $20,000 to CID restaurants to make meals for frontline hospital workers.
Strengthening the CID for Downtown’s Future
As the term of the current CID draws to a close, and due to the economic impact of the pandemic, we are recommending significant changes to the CID, effective January 1, 2021. They include:
- Reducing CID property assessments by 23 percent.
- Staffing the CID with its own employees instead of contracting out services.
- Streamlining CID services to focus on safety, beautification and infrastructure.
- Reducing the size of the CID board.
There are several other proposed changes to the CID. To see the complete list of suggested changes, as well as more detail on the above changes, please click here.
Sign the Petition to Strengthen the CID for the Future
In the coming weeks, property owners will receive a packet that includes two petitions:
- Petition to amend the term of the CID: Authorizes the extension of the CID term to December 31, 2041. The 20-year extension makes it such that property owners don’t have to sign two petitions every time they renew or revise the assessment and minimizes legal and administrative costs. This does not mean property owners are committing to paying the assessment for 20 years, it simply means they have the option to renew the assessment because there is a CID in place.
- CID Assessment petition: Authorizes the reduced CID assessment, effective January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2031.
The proposed changes are the result of a process that included a survey of CID property owners, stakeholder outreach, research into the best practices of other Downtown CIDs, and further efforts to reflect the wishes of property owners.
Please read the letter sent to Downtown property owners and take a moment to sign and return the petition.
The CID supplements City services to ensure our neighborhood is a safe, clean and beautiful place to live, work and visit. By signing these two petitions, Downtown property owners will help strengthen the future of Downtown for years to come.
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