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Wynwood BID Moving Community in the Right Direction

June 21, 2013

Last June, the Wynwood area of Downtown Miami received a $140,000 ArtPlace grant to go toward creating a Business Improvement District (BID) and in one short year the business community banded together and achieved their goal. The Wynwood BID, a fundraising initiative formed by Wynwood commercial property owners, was passed with an overwhelming 65 percent approval on June 4th. Their mission: “..To solidify Wynwood (the’district’)as a globally recognized center for art, creativity, and culture with visibly clean and safe streets while enhancing the streetscape, artistic programming and neighborhood advocacy to promote Wynwood’s pedestrian activity and overall sense of place.”

The Wynwood area, formerly a heavily industrialized district of the city, has since been growing as an artistic community, as well as fostering commercial and residential establishments. The BID covers a 47-block stretch from 20th to 29th streets and from the railroad tracks near North Miami Avenue to Northwest Fifth Avenue.

Last June, the Wynwood area of Downtown Miami received a $140,000 ArtPlace grant to go toward creating a Business Improvement District (BID) and in one short year the business community banded together and achieved their goal. The Wynwood BID, a fundraising initiative formed by Wynwood commercial property owners, was passed with an overwhelming 65 percent approval on June 4th. Their mission: “..To solidify Wynwood (the’district’)as a globally recognized center for art, creativity, and culture with visibly clean and safe streets while enhancing the streetscape, artistic programming and neighborhood advocacy to promote Wynwood’s pedestrian activity and overall sense of place.”

The Wynwood area, formerly a heavily industrialized district of the city, has since been growing as an artistic community, as well as fostering commercial and residential establishments. The BID covers a 47-block stretch from 20th to 29th streets and from the railroad tracks near North Miami Avenue to Northwest Fifth Avenue. The initiative is expected to generate about $700,000 in the first year alone, the revenue financing a variety of projects and services to improve the geographic area, such as security, sanitation, support of the arts, events, marketing, and transportation. Additionally, it will foster report with the municipal government on matters pertaining to the district including planning, zoning, capital improvements and business development.

The excitement and passion exhibited by all individuals involved in the project has been significant. Wynwood BID Project Director, David Collins, expresses his optimism, stating, “..(BID)will be a catalyst for real improvement in Wynwood over the next 10 years. We have entered through a portal into an amazing future. Wynwood will change for the better everyday from now forward.” Joe Furst of Goldman Properties says, “We can now supplement WADA’s (Wynwood Arts District Association) activities and focus on more Arts-related programming.”

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