2017 Annual Meeting on November 28th.
The Mt. Airy Business Improvement District’s (BID’s) annual meeting will be held Tuesday, November 28, 2017, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. on the New Covenant Campus, 7500 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia. Board elections will take place, and property owners in the district are eligible to vote.
Anne Fadullon, the City’s first Director of Planning and Development, will be the keynote speaker. Ms. Fadullon oversees the city’s planning, zoning, development services, and housing and community development functions. The cabinet post she holds was created through a recent change in the City Charter to consolidate services and remove obstacles faced by developers in navigating city government.
State government allows for the creation of business improvement districts that raise revenue from mandatory assessments on property owners to promote and enhance the district. The mission of the Mt. Airy BID, whose charter was recently renewed for another five years by City Council and Mayor Kenney, is to maintain a clean commercial corridor, while also enhancing safety and beautification.
“Our appreciation goes out to Councilwoman Cindy Bass, her staff, attorneys for the City and City Council and the BID Renewal Committee for believing in the BID and its mission,” said Board Chair Ken Weinstein. “We look forward to continuing to clean, green, beautify and improve the Germantown Avenue commercial corridor from Cresheim Valley Drive to Washington Lane for another five years.”
Light refreshments will be served at the annual meeting, which will be held in Room B10, Grannum Hall, on the New Covenant Campus. Parking is available in Lot C across from Grannum Hall. Handicap accessible parking is located behind Grannum Hall.
Germantown Avenue property owners, business owners and area residents are all encouraged to attend. For further information, please contact Mt. Airy BID Executive Director Janis Risch at 215-844-6492..
Facade Improvement Matching Grant Program
Customers make the final decision to walk in your doors based on what your building looks like. What does your building facade convey to prospective customers?
To help business owners and property owners in improving their storefronts, the Mt. Airy Business Improvement District's Facade Improvement Matching Grant program will offer a one-to-one match with a maximum reimbursement of $1,000. For more information, click here.
BID Dedicates Trolley Car Park- April 5, 2014
In a true public/private partnership, the Mt. Airy Business Improvement District (BID), along with Trolley Car Diner and SEPTA, has created a pocket park adjacent to SEPTA’s Germantown Depot (6725-43 Germantown Ave). To kick-off the 7th Annual Philly Spring Clean-up, Councilwoman Cindy Bass, Trolley Car Diner owner and BID Chair, Ken Weinstein, and SEPTA dedicated the pocket park – “Trolley Car Park”.
“Business districts are stronger when they have gathering spots for people to come together,” explained Weinstein. “Trolley Car Diner is happy to help make this happen here in Mt. Airy.”
What was once a drab corner is being transformed thanks to the three partners. Weinstein is generously donating planting material and a sign, SEPTA will be weeding and removing poison oak, adding three benches and painting the fence.
The Mt. Airy BID has agreed to maintain the pocket park as well as install the initial plantings. Yvonne Haskins, BID Board member, heads up the park project. “Developing this little park has been a delight and a labor of love. Kids from Houston School stopped one day to admire the park and surprised me by saying, ‘and we’ll make certain if we see anyone dropping trash here to ask them to please don’t do that…we think this is so nice!’ It doesn’t get any better than that!”