Special Service Area #2
Special Service Areas, known as Business Improvement Districts or BIDs in other cities, are local tax districts that fund expanded services and programs through a localized property tax levy within contiguous areas. The enhanced services and programs are in addition to those currently provided through the City.
SSA-funded projects typically include but are not limited to: public way maintenance and beautification; district marketing and advertising; business retention/attraction, special events and promotional activities; auto and bike transit; security; façade improvements; and other commercial and economic development initiatives.
The City contracts with local non-profits, called Service Providers, to manage SSAs. Mayorally-appointed SSA Commissioners for each SSA district oversee and recommend the annual services, budget and Service Provider Agency to the City. There are currently Over 60 active SSA’s in Chicago.
Belmont-Central’s Special Service Area was created in 1979, as the second SSA in the City of Chicago, with Michigan Avenue as the first. Other cities know this program as a Business Improvement District, (BID) or a Community Improvement Districts(CID).
The Special Service Area (SSA) program is funded by an additional tax on properties in the SSA district financial means to create, maintain and manage clean, attractive and competitive commercial districts. provide a fair and transparent way to finance and manage improvement programs important to communities.
SSA#2 provides the free parking garage at 3140 N Central Ave for customers of neighborhood businesses.
The largest portions of the SSA budget address upkeep of the FREE Parking Garage located at 3147 N. Central. cleanliness. Sidewalk litter removal, including sidewalk snow removal and beautification efforts for the sidewalk planters. Holiday decorations for street poles.
- Darlene Ortiz – Koziol Car Wash
- John Toumplis – Central Gyros Restaurant
- Mark Roschen (ex officio) – Department of Planning and Development