We have been reporting for years about the efforts of local commercial property owners to create a Melrose Business Improvement District (BID).
Today we can report great news – the 50% threshold of commercial property owners needed to move forward has now been surpassed. That means that more than half of the property owners have agreed to, in effect, tax themselves to pay for services to upgrade the stretch of Melrose Avenue between La Brea and Fairfax. So the development of the BID is going forward.
There are still some hurdles that need to met with the City of Los Angeles. If those are met, the BID may be up and running on January 1 of next year (2014).
The Melrose BID will work to make Melrose Avenue cleaner, greener, more comfortable, safer, and better marketed and promoted. Services to be implemented quickly may include street sweeping, sidewalk pressure-washing, trash collection, graffiti and sticker removal, and landscape maintenance. Longer-term goals may include improvements in parking, sidewalks, street trees, and alleys.
The Melrose BID will be the best thing to happen to the commercial stretch in decades – and it is fantastic news for everyone in Melrose Village.