SAN LEANDRO -- Business and property owners in Downtown San Leandro are invited to attend the first meeting of the area's Community Benefit District at 9 a.m. Thursday.
Property owners within the district boundaries voted by ballot this summer to create the district, which levies an assessment provide enhancements and beautification services to the area. The assessments, which vary parcel-to-parcel, are expected to raise a total of $360,000 in 2013-14, with services commencing in January.
Most of the money is budgeted for sidewalk sweeping and steam cleaning, graffiti removal, tree and vegetation planting and some private security. Other funds will be spent on marketing and special events.
An interim district board of directors is expected to be selected at next week's gathering at the Englander Pub at 101 Parrott St. Once in full swing, the district will be managed by a nonprofit management board and hired staff. At least $57,600 is budgeted for staff and management costs this fiscal year.
"Downtown San Leandro is the heart of our community and a priority for our economic development efforts," Mayor Stephen Cassidy said in a statement.
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