Old City Special Services District of Philadelphia

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Old City Special Services District of Philadelphia
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Old City SSD logo
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Carpenters' Hall in Old City
Agency overview
Formed September 23, 1997
Type Municipal authority (Pennsylvania), a Business Improvement District
Jurisdiction Beginning at South Sixth Street at Walnut Street, north to Race Street, east to Fifth Street, north to Florist Street, east to North Front Street, south to Walnut Street, and east to South Fifth Street, including all the properties along the south side of Walnut between Front Street and Sixth Street, in Philadelphia, PA 19106 and 19107.
Headquarters

35 South Letitia Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106
Employees 2
Agency executive
  • Graham Copeland[1], Chief Executive Officer
Website http://www.oldcitydistrict.org/

Old City Special Services District of Philadelphia is a municipal authority providing business improvement district services in the Old City neighborhood of Center City, Philadelphia.

Services[edit]

Sidewalk cleaning[edit]

The Old City Special Services District has a program of sidewalk cleaning with uniformed crews to vacuum the sidewalks every morning, and to sweep and clean sidewalks by high-pressure hoses during the day. These uniformed crews also remove graffiti from buildings, poles and signs. The District also encourages and responds to complaints about graffiti from the public. The Philadelphia Streets Department cleans the cart-ways from curb line to curb line and empties the public trash receptacles.

Security[edit]

The District has uniformed community service representatives, who give directions to visitors, and are safety ambassadors in the area. They can report any security problems to the Philadelphia Police.

The 6th Philadelphia Police District and the Old City Special Services District are working together to improve safety and security for visitors, businesses and residents.

Marketing[edit]

To encourage and increase the commercial, retail, and cultural activities in the District, the Old City Special Services District supports marketing and promotional initiatives to enhance the public image of Old City. The official website is part of those initiatives.

Planning[edit]

The District has developed and implemented a streetscape improvement plan.

Funding[edit]

A 5% surcharge on the real estate tax of commercial properties within the District is the funding source for the District. The funds are collected and expended for supplemental services and programs within the District.[2]

Administration[edit]

The Old City Special Services District Authority has a nineteen-member Board of Directors representing Old City’s major property owners and occupants, and leaders of business, cultural, education, labor union and health care institutions.[3] A chief executive officer, who reports to the Board of Directors, manages the activities of the District and its operations.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Old City District Board". OCSSD Web Site. Old City Special Services District of Philadelphia. 2010-11-14. Archived from the original on 2010-11-14. Retrieved 2010-11-14. CEO, Graham Copeland oversees day-to-day activities and management of the District operations. 
  2. ^ "Old City District Board". OCSSD Web Site. Old City Special Services District of Philadelphia. 2010-11-14. Archived from the original on 2010-11-14. Retrieved 2010-11-14. The OCD is funded through a 5% surcharge on the real estate tax of commercial properties within the District. 
  3. ^ "Old City District Board". OCSSD Web Site. Old City Special Services District of Philadelphia. 2010-11-14. Archived from the original on 2010-11-14. Retrieved 2010-11-14. The Old City District is managed by a 19-member board of directors drawn from area commercial property owners, business people and civic organizations. 

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