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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista :  Passyunk Square 

Doing their BID-ding

Community leaders are advocating for a business improvement district that would have the South 9th Street Italian Market as its hub.

By Joseph Myers

In 2016, a proposal to create a business improvement district (BID) for the South 9th Street Italian Market failed to acquire the mandatory two-thirds vote to move forward.  A renewed effort to establish the “South Philly Market Improvement District” has supportive community leaders hoping that sufficient advocacy will help advance a project eight years in the making. You can hear more about the plans at this evening’s Passyunk Square Civic Association general meeting.  

Passyunk Square Civic president Sarah Anton considers the market “a gem.” But, she stresses, “There’s still plenty of work to be done. The whole corridor…including areas just beyond it, deserve intensive attention.”

The proposed BID would stretch from Eighth to 10th streets and from Federal to Fitzwater streets. Parts of Washington Avenue and Christian Street would also be included. Under the plan, commercial properties in this area would pay an additional property assessment. BIDs receive taxing authority from the State and must garner approval from City Council. The proposed operating expenses for the service area total $281,636.

If approved, those revenues would help the BID tackle boarded-up and graffiti-covered spaces, fences, vacant storefronts, and old or damaged vendor stands. Area residents would benefit from the BID’s greening and beautification efforts, lighting and infrastructure work, safety  improvements, and litter removal. The BID would serve as a complement to the one established on East Passyunk Avenue in 2002.

Anton explained that the BID’s management team, outreach staff, and legal/professional services would help improve the entire service area: “Commercial landlords could attract and retain more clients, businesses could have improved prospects for success, and residents and visitors could be a more integral part of the community.”

Eugene Desyatnik, president of the Bella Vista Neighbors Association (BVNA), cautions that the proposed BID may not meet with universal approval. “When businesses hear that they can receive help, yet will  need to contribute to that via assessments, it’s not unusual for them to wonder if anything is really wrong with staying on the present course.”

The BVNA hosted a meeting on October 22, in conjunction with the South Philly Market District organizers. That meeting served as a kickstarter to secure the votes needed in City Council, specifically 1st District Councilman Mark Squilla, to advance the plan.

Photo courtesy Vern Anastasio

The BIDs’ proponents feel confident the organization, if approved, will help keep the Market competitive with other area commercial enterprises and attract new tenants and visitors. “Along with valuing the past,” Desyatnik said, “we have to make apparent what we can do to improve the present and the future” of the market.

Anton concluded, “I’m eager to keep pushing for this BID. Simply put, the community needs and deserves it.”

Read the proposal details here.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Passyunk Square 

Flavors On the Avenue Returns with One Huge Difference

Flavors on the Avenue returns for it’s 11th years with one huge change – this years event is moving from the big tent and into the street.

Flavors on the Avenue on East Passyunk Avenue - April 2017

“The past 11 years Flavors has been a neighborhood favorite and successful, so successful we could no longer accommodate all who wanted to participate. We outgrew the big tent! Making it a street festival allows for more people to attend while giving  exposure to the Avenue as a whole and all that we have to offer,” according to Pam Zenzola, Executive Director of EPABID.
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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

SBSNA hosting fundraising event for Broad Street Business Improvement District

In the spring, the South Broad Street Neighborhood Association hosted its first fundraising event to move forward with the proposal and planning for the creation of a Business Improvement District on Broad Street.

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BIDs are meant to improve commercial corridors with added funding, bringing improvements, events and more to the area. To continue to raise money for the creation of a BID, SBSNA is hosting a second edition of BINGO! for a better Broad Street on Thursday, December 1.

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista 

No BID for the Italian Market

A Business Improvement District has been in the works for the Italian Market for years now, but as of a vote this week, the proposal is officially dead in the water.

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Over one third of the businesses along the 9th Street commercial corridor voted against the formation of this BID, which would have brought streetscape improvements and more funding to the longest standing outdoor market in the country.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Passyunk Square 

Pam Zenzola announced as East Passyunk Avenue BID’s new Executive Director

Recently the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation announced a new Executive Director. Now another East Passyunk Avenue organization has someone new in charge.

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Photo provided by the BID.

The Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District has announced Pam Zenzola, who was previously president of the Passyunk Square Civic Association, as the organization’s new Executive Director.

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista 

Hearing to be held for the creation of an Italian Market Business Improvement District

The Italian Market has a rich history as the oldest continually operated outdoor market in the country, with 100 years in South Philly.

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To make the market a better space, the creation of a Business Improvement has been discussed. In 2015, a number of public meetings were held to gauge community interest and create a plan for this BID that would allow for cleaning services, security improvements, more events and other changes to the area. Councilman Mark Squilla has now introduced a resolution to authorize a hearing to be held for the creation of this BID.

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