According to Tom Williams, who has been working with the steering committee, much progress has been made. Tom wrote to PMFA: "There are three basic phases to setting up a BID. You can read about them in detail here but in summation, a group of local property owners, commercial tenants, and residents comes together and sets up an organization (the steering committee) which then draft the district plan.
The second phase is to document local support. When enough local support has been demonstrated, the BID formation moves into the final, legislative phase. Right now we’re nearing the end of phase two; we’ve been gathering signed statements of support from the community for the past several months. We’ve made great progress and our expectations and timelines have been exceeded. What we need to do now is gain those remaining signatures we need to demonstrate sufficient support for the BID."
The steering committee is going to be hosting two informal events this week to give the community an opportunity to look at the proposed plan, to get an update on its status as well as to ask questions.
The first event will be held at 61 Local, 61 Bergen Street, on Tuesday, February 24 between 11 and noon. There will be free coffee.
The second event is scheduled for Thursday, February 26 between 5 and 7 pm at Angry Wade's, 222 Smith Street. (The Committee will buy you a beer.)
For all information regarding the proposed BID, click here.