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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | November 11, 2010
City leaders gave their approval Tuesday to a plan by downtown property owners to raise and spend nearly $1 million a year to improve the Brand Boulevard corridor. Council members voted unanimously to support a property-based Business Improvement District. Under the proposal, property owners would initially pay roughly 22-cents per square foot, per year to fund enhanced security, marketing and cleaning of the area. The next major step is to take a vote among the 168 owners of property in the district bounded by the Ventura (134)
NEWS
November 4, 2002
Ben Godar As city officials move forward with the possibility of establishing a Business Improvement District for Downtown Glendale, area merchants are tentative about embracing the idea. Jeanne Armstrong, director of development services for the Glendale Redevelopment Agency, said she has heard some support and some reservations toward a potential district. "The city is not going to force them to form a business improvement district," Armstrong said.
NEWS
June 7, 2004
Josh Kleinbaum The Adams Square Merchants Assn. is inching closer to the financial stability it has long sought. Glendale City Council members will consider a resolution declaring the intent to establish a business improvement district, which could guarantee local merchants money for advertising and local events. The business improvement district will require the 50 merchants in the district to each contribute $300 per year, generating $15,000 to be used for the Adams Square community.
NEWS
April 26, 2004
Ryan Carter Merchants in Adams Square are one step closer to being a more independent and self-reliant business district. The Redevelopment Agency unanimously approved a consultant's report last week for the district of 50 businesses to become a tenant-based business improvement district. "It's the realization that the people of these districts can't rely on government to provide supplemental services, such as keeping the flowers maintained and picking up the litter daily, to maintain a downtown," said Ed Henning, an urban revitalization specialist hired by the city to prepare a report on the feasibility of Adams Square becoming an organization.
NEWS
May 14, 2005
Rima Shah One year after Adams Square merchants decided to pool their resources to improve their South Glendale business district, the group is attracting more interest and promoting its members, merchants said. "We're actually doing very well," said Carol Cianfrini, who along with her husband, John, owns Crysti Cleaners on the 1100 block of Adams St. The merchants banded together to form a business-improvement district, in which the merchants pay dues to promote businesses and maintain the area.
NEWS
October 16, 2003
Ryan Carter Merchants like the idea of banding into more self-sufficient business collectives, as shown in the early results of a study targeted at downtown and south Glendale, but city officials are looking for more of the owners' input. An update at Tuesday's Redevelopment Agency meeting showed that 70% of the downtown Glendale merchants and 67% of Adams Square merchants who responded to a city-contracted survey are in favor of some form of business-improvement district for their areas.
NEWS
May 24, 2004
Robert Chacon Brand Boulevard business owners are trying to pool together their resources in an organization that would help them battle a potential loss of customers if the Americana at Brand is built. Downtown Glendale Merchants Assn. members want to create a business-improvement district that, among other things, would help fund more advertising. Members would pay dues to the district to fund its projects. "When the [Americana] opens, it will take business away from us," said Harry Hall, president of the merchants' association and co-owner of Milano's Cucina Italiana, 525 N. Brand Blvd.
NEWS
June 10, 2004
ADAMS SQUARE BID MOVING FORWARD WHAT HAPPENED The council passed a resolution of intention to establish a business-improvement district in the Adams Square Business District. WHAT IT MEANS The council will vote on actually implementing the district in July. If implemented, 50 merchants in the district would be required to pay $300 per year to be used for local events designed to bring more customers to Adams Square. Some merchants do not want to pay, but the council has indicated that it wants the business-improvement district to ensure that the merchants will complement the city's investment in the area.
NEWS
October 28, 2005
by Charles Cooper The Glendale City Council Tuesday voted to extend the management contract for the Montrose Shopping Park business improvement district through the end of 2010. The contract, first approved in 2000, was due to end on Oct. 31 of this year. The five year and two month extension will put the agreement on the same fiscal year as the shopping park operates on. The MSP was the first business improvement district set up in the city. It is administered by a volunteer board of local businesspeople.
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | March 7, 2014
Members of the Montrose Park Shopping Assn. will get back $50 if they pay their annual assessment on time next year, a gesture that comes on the heels of significantly improved revenue for the business improvement district . The board of directors voted unanimously Thursday that all of the more than 100 member storefronts would be eligible for the rebate if payments are made by a January 2015 deadline. A majority of business owners pay the minimum of $190, while only eight of them, such as major banks, pay more than $3,000, said Dale Dawson, owner of Mountain Rose Gifts and business administrator for the association.
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | March 7, 2014
Members of the Montrose Park Shopping Assn. will get back $50 if they pay their annual assessment on time next year, a gesture that comes on the heels of significantly improved revenue for the business improvement district . The board of directors voted unanimously Thursday that all of the more than 100 member storefronts would be eligible for the rebate if payments are made by a January 2015 deadline. A majority of business owners pay the minimum of $190, while only eight of them, such as major banks, pay more than $3,000, said Dale Dawson, owner of Mountain Rose Gifts and business administrator for the association.
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By Matt Sanderson | February 14, 2014
City Council this week approved moving forward to suspend Adams Square's designation as a Business Improvement District for another year, which means businesses there will have no levy assessments and it gives business owners time to reactivate the designation, if they choose. Adams Square was hit hard in 2011 with the dismantling of the city's redevelopment agency, which gave each of the city's business improvement districts funding for promotions and services, such as graffiti removal and tree trimming.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | February 6, 2014
As the Montrose Shopping Park Assn. has improved its financial footing over the past few years , board members who control the business promotions group are considering a one-time rollback of fees they charge to local businesses. The fee break would give some respite to owners still struggling to bounce back from the protracted recession and restore confidence in the business improvement district, Board President Andre Ordubegian said at a meeting on Thursday. The board has been working to improve its reputation among its membership since former Councilman John Drayman was indicted for allegedly embezzling more than $304,000 from the shopping park's weekly farmer's market , which he helped run. Drayman is currently out on bail awaiting his criminal trial.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | December 5, 2013
When Kirk Gelsinger, owner of Zeke's Smokehouse and Amber Road, a gourmet grocery store, was on the Montrose Shopping Park Assn. board of directors in the 1980s, the business promotions group had roughly $25,000 to work with. After Gelisnger got elected to the board after a decades-long hiatus, the shopping association's executive director announced the business improvement district was budgeting $435,000 for its 2014 expenditures. “I hope that I can continue that,” Gelsinger said, noting that over the years, the board has ironed out some of the age-old problems, including increasing oversight of the weekly farmer's market, which provides more than a quarter of the revenue for the business improvement district.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | December 6, 2011
Once considered visual clutter, street advertisements were touted as important tools for local merchants Tuesday as the Glendale City Council unanimously voted in favor of lifting a 50-year ban on pedestrian signs. “If they're going to have quality signs, that can certainly add to the atmosphere,” said Councilman Rafi Manoukian. Despite the ruling, some council members were critical at first, fearing that increased flexibility may lead to sidewalks bursting with signs. “I'm not too thrilled about it, quite frankly,” said Councilman Frank Quintero.
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | May 18, 2011
A private effort to bolster business on Brand Boulevard has slowed, even as city leaders worry that budget cuts might limit city maintenance in the core business district. The owner of the Glendale Galleria — an important player in any future business improvement district downtown — has sent mixed signals. Last month, General Growth Properties representatives said they would not participate in creating the district, but recently their tone has changed to full-fledged support. The Chicago-based company owns nearly one-fifth of the proposed district — which stretches from the Americana at Brand to the Ventura (134)
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | November 11, 2010
City leaders gave their approval Tuesday to a plan by downtown property owners to raise and spend nearly $1 million a year to improve the Brand Boulevard corridor. Council members voted unanimously to support a property-based Business Improvement District. Under the proposal, property owners would initially pay roughly 22-cents per square foot, per year to fund enhanced security, marketing and cleaning of the area. The next major step is to take a vote among the 168 owners of property in the district bounded by the Ventura (134)
NEWS
October 22, 2010
The story of Kenneth Village ("Empty storefronts tell different stories," Oct. 19) weaves a cautionary tale that all business districts should heed. Here are just four of the many lessons to be learned. Dominate your local market needs. Recognize that a district such as Kenneth Village has a primary market radius of not more than two miles and offers a range of products and services that focus on convenience for those constituents. In short, be relevant. Competing agendas kill effective merchandising.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken | February 6, 2010
CITY HALL — The City Council this week authorized city officials to find a private contractor to transform vacant downtown storefronts into temporary art displays. The council on Tuesday unanimously authorized the bidding process for a company to spearhead the program, which cities across the nation have implemented in an effort to put a positive spin on the growing number of storefront vacancies during the protracted recession. In addition to improving the look of vacant storefronts, many cities have attributed increased foot traffic and lower vacancy rates to the program.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken | October 25, 2009
CITY HALL — The proposed formation of a downtown business assessment district to finance improvements and marketing for area merchants could move one step closer under a proposal to the City Council on Tuesday. The proposed $38,900 contract with Temecula-based consulting firm NBS would initiate a process to determine the feasibility of a Business Improvement District, where business and property owners within a defined area pay an annual assessment to finance safety improvements, maintenance and marketing efforts, said Development Services Director Philip Lanzafame.
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