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File #: 171131    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Bill Status: ENACTED
File created: 12/14/2017 In control: Committee on Rules
On agenda: Final action: 6/7/2018
Title: Establishing a neighborhood improvement district, to be known as the Northern Liberties Business Improvement District ("District"), in an area that generally includes both sides of North 2nd Street from the north side of Callowhill Street to the south side of Girard Avenue, both sides of North 3rd Street from Spring Garden Street to the south side of Wildey Street, Spring Garden Street from North 2nd Street to the eastern side of North 5th Street, and certain blocks of streets that intersect portions of these streets; designating the Northern Liberties Business Improvement District, Inc., which has organized itself as a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation, as the Neighborhood Improvement District Management Association for the District; approving a plan for the District, including a list of proposed improvements and their estimated cost, and providing for assessment fees to be levied on property owners within the District; authorizing the Director of Commerce, on behalf of the City, to ...
Sponsors: Councilmember Squilla, Council President Clarke
Indexes: NORTHERN LIBERTIES BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT
Attachments: 1. 171131 - Exhibit A, As Introduced.pdf, 2. CertifiedCopy17113100.pdf
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultTallyAction DetailsVideo
6/20/20180 MAYOR SIGNED   Action details Not available
6/7/20180 CITY COUNCIL READ AND PASSEDPass17:0 Action details Not available
4/12/20180 CITY COUNCIL ORDERED PLACED ON THIS DAY`S FIRST READING CALENDAR   Action details Not available
4/12/20180 CITY COUNCIL SUSPEND THE RULES OF THE COUNCILPass  Action details Not available
4/12/20180 CITY COUNCIL READ AND ORDERED PLACED ON NEXT WEEK'S SECOND READING CALENDAR   Action details Not available
4/9/20180 Committee on Rules HEARING NOTICES SENT   Action details Not available
4/9/20180 Committee on Rules HEARING HELD   Action details Not available
4/9/20180 Committee on Rules REPORTED FAVORABLY, RULE SUSPENSION REQUESTED   Action details Not available
12/14/20170 CITY COUNCIL Introduced and ReferredPass  Action details Not available

Title

Establishing a neighborhood improvement district, to be known as the Northern Liberties Business Improvement District ("District"), in an area that generally includes both sides of North 2nd Street from the north side of Callowhill Street to the south side of Girard Avenue, both sides of North 3rd Street from Spring Garden Street to the south side of Wildey Street, Spring Garden Street from North 2nd Street to the eastern side of North 5th Street, and certain blocks of streets that intersect portions of these streets; designating the Northern Liberties Business Improvement District, Inc., which has organized itself as a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation, as the Neighborhood Improvement District Management Association for the District; approving a plan for the District, including a list of proposed improvements and their estimated cost, and providing for assessment fees to be levied on property owners within the District; authorizing the Director of Commerce, on behalf of the City, to execute an agreement with the Northern Liberties Business Improvement District, Inc., relating to the District; and authorizing the Northern Liberties Business Improvement District, Inc. to assess property owners within the District a special property assessment fee to be used in accordance with the approved plan; all in accordance with the provisions of the Community and Economic Improvement Act, and under certain terms and conditions.

 

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WHEREAS, Council is authorized by the Community and Economic Improvement Act, Act of December 21, 1998, P.L. 1307, No, 174 (53 P,S, §18101 et. seq.) ("Act") to establish, by ordinance, neighborhood improvement districts and to designate certain entities to administer programs and services within such districts in order "to promote and enhance more attractive and safer commercial, industrial, residential and mixed-use neighborhoods; economic growth; increased employment opportunities; and improved commercial, industrial, business districts and business climates;" and

 

WHEREAS, The purpose of this Ordinance is to establish a neighborhood improvement district in the Northern Liberties area, to be known as the Northern Liberties Business Improvement District ("District"); and

 

WHEREAS, All procedures required by the Act for establishment of the District have been followed; in particular, more than forty-five (45) days have elapsed from a public hearing required by the Act, and the Clerk of Council has not received objections filed by affected property owners representing the ownership of at least one-third  (1/3) of the properties owned by affected property owners within the proposed District or from affected property owners, within the proposed District, the value of whose properties, as assessed for taxable purposes, amounts to at least one-third (1/3) of the total property valuation of property owned by affected property owners within the proposed boundaries of the District; now, therefore,

 

 

 

THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA HEREBY ORDAINS:

 

SECTION 1. In accordance with the provisions of the Community and Economic Improvement Act, Act of December 21, 1998, P.L. 1307, No. 174 ("Act") (53 P.S. §18101 et. seq.) ("Act"), a neighborhood improvement district is hereby established in the Northern Liberties area, within the boundaries set forth in Exhibit "A-1" attached hereto. The district shall be known as the Northern Liberties Business Improvement District ("District").

 

SECTION 2. Northern Liberties Business Improvement District, Inc., which is organized as a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation, is hereby designated as the Neighborhood Improvement District Management Association for the District.

 

SECTION 3. Council hereby approves as the plan for the District the plan set forth in Exhibit "A" attached hereto. Northern Liberties Business Improvement District, Inc. is hereby authorized to assess property owners within the District a special property assessment fee, in accordance with the provisions of the final plan and the provisions of the Act. In addition, in the case of an unpaid assessment or portion of an assessment, Northern Liberties Business Improvement District, Inc. is authorized to collect accrued interest and penalties on any unpaid assessment or portion thereof and to recover any costs incurred as a result of the filing of any lien, all in accordance with the final plan.

 

SECTION 4. The Director of Commerce, on behalf of the City, is hereby authorized to enter into an agreement with Northern Liberties Business Improvement District, Inc. in a form approved by the City Solicitor, which agreement shall include the following provisions:

 

(a) A detailed description of the respective duties and responsibilities of the City

and of Northern Liberties Business Improvement District, Inc. with respect to the District as set forth in the final plan approved under Section 3;

 

(b) A requirement that the City will maintain within the District the same level of

municipal programs and services that were provided within the District before its establishment;

 

(c) A "sunset provision" under which the agreement will terminate on June 30,

2023 and may not be renewed unless the District is continued beyond that date in accordance with the sunset provisions of Section 5 of this Ordinance;

 

(d) Northern Liberties Business Improvement District, Inc.’s agreement to be

responsible for the collection of all property assessment fees levied within the District and the City's agreement to file any necessary liens fur nonpayment of property assessment fees as set forth in the Act at 53 P.S. §18107(a)(l0); and

 

SECTION 5. The District shall terminate on June 30, 2023, in accordance with the provisions of the final plan, approved under Section 3. The District may be continued beyond that date only if Council reenacts this Ordinance, following a review of the District and the programs and services, provided by the Northern Liberties Business Improvement District, Inc. within the District.

 

SECTION 6. The Chief Clerk shall keep on file, the document referred to as Exhibit A in Section 3 of this Ordinance, and all accompanying documents referenced in Exhibit A, and shall make them available for inspection by the public during regular office hours.

 

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