Services ala carte – To SID or not to SID, that, alas, is the question

I’m sure Downtown property owners would have liked to pick and choose what services they were paying for when the Special Improvement District was created for Downtown to fund the Downtown Dayton Partnership. They didn’t get a choice.

However, now the Oregon District Business Association is getting exactly that option:

Partnership to provide services in Oregon District – Dayton Business Journal:
The Downtown Dayton Partnership will start providing services to the Oregon District Aug. 6.

Members of the Oregon District Business Association ­– composed of businesses on Fifth Street and within the historic neighborhood — entered into a one-year contract to receive services from the partnership, according to a release issued by the partnership Tuesday.

Terms of the deal were not released.

Oregon district businesses will receive services similar to those the central business district gets: business recruitment and retention; marketing and advocacy; housing development; amenity development; and environmental services, including the Ambassador program.

The Ambassadors began work in the district this week in light of Restaurant Week, a semi-annual event spearheaded by the Miami Valley Restaurant Association. Throughout the year, Ambassadors will work in the district Wednesday through Saturday evenings, providing cleaning and safety services.

“The Oregon District Business Association will pay for these services through membership dues, proceeds from the District’s annual Haunt Fest and from private contributions,” said Tom Tornatore, president of the business association, in the release.

The groups are still working on long-term options for a future relationship. The Oregon District may create its own special improvement district or become part of the Downtown Dayton special improvement district, according to the release.

The cooperation among downtown groups has stemmed from the groups’ involvement on each others’ boards, said Michael Greitzer, co-chair of the partnership, in the release. Oregon District and Webster Station representatives serve on the partnership’s board, and Sandy Gudorf, president of the partnership, serves on the boards of those two groups.

“Regardless of district boundaries, we are all part of downtown Dayton, and this agreement allows us all to work more closely together,” Greitzer said.

It’s sad that the City can’t manage to provide these fundamental services without having to create all these semi-autonomous organizations. One City- One Dayton.

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