Property-Based Improvement District (PBID) Renewal
Established in August 2007 and managed by the San Jose Downtown Association, the Property-Based Improvement District (PBID) (map) provides a way to help pay for downtown cleaning and beautification projects. These include popular Groundwerx cleaning and ambassadors programs and lighting up the Circle of Palms and the micro-retail space MOMENT at San Pedro garage.
In 2012, property owners agreed to extend services another 10 years, bringing us to another round of renewal.
Property owners within the district have two opportunities to vote on the proposed services and boundaries, which would start services July 1, 2022. First, property owners receive a petition and draft management plan that outlines the boundaries, services and costs of the proposed district. The petition requires a majority vote to proceed to the ballot. If the petition is successful, ballots are then provided to property owners with anticipated assessment rates for their parcel(s) for the first year of the district. If the ballot phase of the process receives a majority vote from owners, the City Council can then ratify the district renewal.
Where we are in the process
The San Jose Downtown Property Owners Association (SJDPOA) is now finalizing the strategic planning phase of the renewal process. SJDA staff and the SJDPOA Board of Directors are working with Progressive Urban Management Associates (P.U.M.A.), a PBID renewal consultant, on a draft management plan for the district, including potential service additions and amendments as well as boundary expansion. Completion of the management plan is expected in November 2021 and will be publicly available. Outreach to property owners within the district’s boundaries on the management plan and proposed services will also begin in November 2021.
Current District Services
Groundwerx Clean and Safe Services:
- Trash and debris removal
- Graffiti abatement
- Pressure washing and mechanical cleaning
- Safety ambassadors
- Safety escorts within the district
- Collaboration with downtown homeless service providers
Business development services that help small businesses navigate the City and County permitting processes
Landscaping and enhanced maintenance, including tree trimming and tree care, planters, hanging baskets, removing damaged tree grates
Beautification projects, including murals, decorative lighting and temporary art installations
Off-duty SJPD officers focused on quality-of-life issues and connecting with storefront business owners