Mount Airy BID

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Mount Airy BID in action.

Cleaning and Beautifying Germantown Avenue

Dating back to 1967, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania first enacted legislation authorizing local governments to establish special business improvement districts (BIDs) to provide supplemental services to enhance commercial areas. A BID is distinct from other neighborhood organizations in that it has authority to levy special assessments on district property owners, and it must demonstrate community support in order to have its charter reauthorized periodically.

The first special services district authorized in Philadelphia was the Center City District in 1990, followed by: South Street (1992), Frankford and Germantown (1995), Manayunk (1997) Olde City and City Avenue (1998), East Passyunk (2002), Port Richmond and Roxborough (2003), Chestnut Hill (2004), Mt. Airy (2007), Aramingo (2008), Greater Cheltenham (2010). In addition, University City and the Sports arenas have their own special districts.

The Mt. Airy BID includes all properties on Germantown Avenue and some side streets between Cresheim Valey and Washington Lane that meet any of the following criteria:

  • Are commercially zoned.
  • Are used commercially.
  • Contain five or more residential rental units.

Services include cleaning, beautification, and facade improvement grants.

Note:  The above descriptive information came from the organization's What We Do page.

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