What is a Business Improvement District (BID)?
The North Avenue Gateway Business Improvement District (BID28) is one of Milwaukee’s 31 active property-based business improvement districts. BIDs are 501(a) class nonprofits created by an affirmative petition of commercial property owners with the understanding that a special tax assessment from each commercial property will provide the funding for the business improvement district’s operations and projects.
The districts boundary is west of 27th and North Avenue to Sherman Boulevard.
The BID28 is governed by a board of directors that may be made up of commercial property owners, business owners and/or authorized representative managers of businesses within the city-defined district boundaries. Board members are expected to act in the best interest of all the District members while implementing the current operating plan. The Executive committee may obtain private and public funds, on behalf of the Board to ensure that short and long-term District goals and projects are met. In addition, the BID28 works closely with other local organizations and city agencies to carry out its mission. It is guided by a district plan and contract with the City of Milwaukee.
Current Staff & Board Members
- Johnnie Moutry – Chairman
- Leondis Fuller – Vice Chairman
- Marie Gordon – Voting Member
- Kelly Felder – Voting Member
- Saleh Salem – Voting Member
- Salah Ayesh – Voting Member
North Avenue Gateway Business District (BID28) Goals:
The North Avenue Gateway business district provides funding for an enhanced level of services for the business district. The services currently being provided contribute to a more cohesive, cleaner, safer, and greener streetscape. The intent of the district is not to replace existing city services but to provide a higher level of service than what is currently being provided.
Using the North Avenue Gateway Plan, the small area plan adopted in 2002, as a guiding document, the steering committee identified several goals and activities related to the mission of the BID28 Identified goals and activities include (but are not limited to):
- Create a cleaner, safer, greener, and more beautiful North Avenue
- Decrease in litter and graffiti
- Decrease crime and perception of crime
- Increased presence and maintenance of public art, seasonal decorations, banners, benches, garbage cans, etc.
- Increased eyes on the street
- Increase greenery
- Increase commerce within the business district
- Change negative perceptions
- Improve promotion of North Avenue businesses and cultural opportunities
- Attract new businesses and development
Download available properties for lease or purchase.