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The Downtown Berkeley Association is an independent nonprofit organization and the Owner’s Association for the new Property-Based Business Improvement District (PBID), representing 187 property owners and approximately 850 of their merchant and business tenants. In June of 2011, Downtown Berkeley property owners approved the PBID self-imposed and self-governed property tax assessment to fund new environmental and economic enhancements that augment – not replace – base level City services. The purpose of the PBID is to create and sustain a vibrant and prosperous City Center by:
- Producing a consistently clean, welcoming, and attractive Downtown experience,
- Attracting and retaining new businesses,
- Cultivating a fun and vibrant Downtown “living room”,
- Enhancing property values, sales, and occupancies, and
- Helping Downtown businesses compete locally and regionally.
The district encompasses 25 blocks, bounded by Delaware St. to the north, Oxford and Fulton Streets to the east, Martin Luther King Jr. Way to the west, and Dwight Way to the south.
The Downtown Berkeley Association provides leadership to create and sustain a welcoming, vibrant, and prosperous city center.
The Downtown Berkeley Association envisions a Downtown that is fun, prosperous and easy to get to. Downtown Berkeley will provide a wonderful environment to visit, work, learn, shop, live and play.
- Our customers will enjoy Downtown’s rich selection of arts and entertainment venues, cafes and restaurants, and unique stores and businesses that fill our ground floor spaces.
- Our visitors will feel secure walking along our attractive streets fronted by a mix of historic and contemporary buildings. They will find our many cultural and commercial offerings easily accessible by public transit or private vehicle.
- Our residents will enjoy the convenience of living close to major employment and educational centers in the heart of a City that offers great nightlife, friendly businesses, services that meet their daily needs, and diverse housing opportunities.
- Our active and engaged members, Downtown’s business and property owners, will be an influential voice for our dynamic central district. Entrepreneurs and investors will find Downtown to be a business-friendly place to open and grow a commercial enterprise.