Downtown Long Beach Alliance updates management plan – Press Telegram
An updated management approach is part of the Downtown Long Beach Alliance’s efforts to renew the Downtown Business Improvement District for the next decade.
Components of the new plan, part of an effort to recertify the Ownership-Based Improvement District, emerged from the DLBA Board of Directors’ nearly year-long strategic planning process. stakeholder surveys and feedback, and a response to the coronavirus pandemic. According to a statement, recovering from two years of COVID-19 restrictions and disruptions was among the top concerns of stakeholders, prompting the creation of a new Enterprise Navigator role to meet a range of needs, such as filling vacant storefronts and helping the city. authorization process.
The Property-Based Improvement District was formed in 1998 by an election among downtown property owners. It was renewed in 2003 and again in 2012. The PBID raises funds by appraising commercial property, and the DLBA spends it by providing improved maintenance, public safety, beautification, marketing and development programs economical, beyond the services of the city of Long Beach.
“For 25 years, PBID has worked to improve our downtown community,” said DLBA Chief Operating Officer Broc Coward. “Commercial and residential owners have another opportunity to ensure a clean, safe, thriving and vibrant downtown Long Beach for the next decade.
“The proposed management plan addresses several needs that owners have identified as priorities,” Coward added, “including a more robust clean and safe program, the homeless population and helping businesses recover from the pandemic and prosper”.
There is also a downtown parking improvement area under the direction of the DLBA. This area raises money through commercial assessments and, when the city agrees, parking revenue.
Changes to the DLBA management plan range from the specific to the more general. One specific change will be an increase in the frequency and size of the area for pressure washing sidewalks and curbs. Two new positions are being considered: an experienced social worker who is dedicated to helping downtown residents who are homeless and the new business advocate who helps with city permits and other issues.
The main changes made to the management plan are as follows:
- Support a more robust clean and safe initiative that adds new services.
- Catch up with and anticipate rising labor and equipment costs.
- Create new approaches to help respond to the inner city homeless population,
- Increase DLBA’s ability to help small businesses and office buildings recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to providing adequate resources to support marketing, venue building and other activities that aim to bring prosperity and vitality to downtown.
If the owners approve the 10-year renewal, the PBID portion of the operating budget will increase by 41%. To do this, there would be a one-time increase in contributions of 34.5% on average. Increases for the remaining years would be capped at 5%.
From now until April 15, owners will be asked to sign a petition in support of the renewal and management plan. If enough signatures are collected, all Downtown property owners will have the opportunity to vote when ballots are mailed directly to them. The municipal council certifies the results of this election.
The updated management plan and updates on the PBID renewal process can be found at dlba.org/pbid.