Downtown Detroit Business Improvement Zone Receives Second-Term Renewal

The renewal was unanimously passed and will allow the BIZ to continue its work in downtown Detroit through 2034.
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The Downtown Detroit Business Improvement Zone (BIZ) has announced a second-term renewal of its Zone Plan, which will allow the BIZ to continue its working creating a “clean, safe, and welcoming Downtown” through 2034.

The renewal was unanimously passed in late-October during a special meeting with owners of assessed property on the BIZ, held after the regularly scheduled BIZ Board Meeting and Annual Meeting of Assessed Property Owners.

It was unanimously approved again in December, this time by Detroit City Council during one of their final votes of the year.

The BIZ’s second 10-year qualifying period will begin on April 15 of next year.

“We are incredibly thankful for the unwavering support the Downtown BIZ continues to receive. This vote is affirmation that the BIZ is delivering on promises made. Property owners are funding the BIZ to advance their commitment to support a clean, safe, and welcoming Downtown” Gina Cavaliere, DDP Chief Community Impact Officer and BIZ Executive Director, said in a press release. “I can’t wait to see what the BIZ can accomplish in the next 10 years.”

Downtown property owners approved the inaugural 10-year Downtown Detroit BIZ plan in April of 2014, “establishing a special assessment district to support initiatives and services that keep the BIZ clean, safe, and welcoming.”

The BIZ is currently lead by a volunteer board of directors who were elected by area property owners and have contracts with the Downtown Detroit Partnership, which carries out the day-to-day operations of the BIZ footprint — centered Downtown and bordered by the Lodge, I-75, I-375, and the Detroit River.

It offers a variety of services to the community including ancillary cleaning, safety, landscaping, lighting, infrastructure improvements, small business engagement, marketing, and more.

In additions, it maintains the Detroit Riverfront from Riverfront Drive to Rivard and has “collected more than 5,200 tons of trash, removed more than 23,000 instances of graffiti and assisted 200,000+ Downtown patrons” since its inception a decade ago.

The BIZ also supports other community initiatives including The Spirit Card, which encourages shoppers to patron businesses in Detroit, as well as the nationally recognized Project Lighthouse.

To learn more, visit downtowndetroit.org, and be sure to check out hourdetroit.com for even more community development news.