Chairman of the Board & Business Owner
Dr. Jennifer Potts
Executive Director & Business Owner
Community Representative & Business Owner
The Creative Corridor
The Center of What’s Happening:
The Center Street Marketplace
Business Improvement District 39
Center Street Marketplace BID 39 exists to improve the image of Center Street. Our boundaries are from 29th to 60th on Center Street. Our goal is to undo the negative perception of crime and safety in our area. We strive to increase the number of businesses in our area, as well as coordinate additional public improvements in the business district.
Each year, the BID is responsible for submitting an Operating Plan, which includes the budget and goals for the year, to the Common Council as part of the City’s budget. The Operating Plan includes any proposed assessments, which the BID Board has approved and the assessment formulas, which determine the assessments paid by individual property owners. The BID is classified as a quasi-governmental body, which is treated as an extension of the City.
Shop Center Street MKE – 2021 is happening
This is the premium vehicle for our small business owners to showcase their businesses in our commercial corridor. – we will have vendors, neighborhood groups, and networking. Stop out from 9AM to 5PM. The music will start at 12 noon.
To improve the quality of life within the district, and work with the property owners and merchants to attract new business/businesses. The proposed activities are:
- Improve the image of the target area
- Improve negative perception of crime/safety in target area
- Increase the number and variety of businesses in the target area
- Coordinate public improvements in the Center Street Marketplace District
- Protect and preserve the historical significance and integrity of structures in the target area
- Create a center of attention for new businesses
- Help our business and property owners access the City of Milwaukee Façade, Signage, and Whitebox grant products and supplement with BID 39 mini funds.
- Increase safety and security
- Assist property owners in maintaining their property
- Increase walking traffic
The Center Street Marketplace is committed to continuous neighborhood development and improvement. There are several catalytic properties that can increase the vitality of this area. Some projects to consider are city-owned vacant lots along Center Street, including the lot at 35th and Center Street. The BID has assisted over 25 businesses with technical, planning, and sustainability methods for success. Our BID takes pride in working with numerous community and business groups within the Sherman Park, Metcalfe, and Amani neighborhoods. Our board of Directors brings a wealth of knowledge, skill, and intent to the commercial corridor. We have been instrumental in the Safety Initiative, Clean Street and Trash Initiative, Façade Grant improvements, Entrepreneurship forums to include resources and partner agencies. Our goal is to avert crime and make Center Street a continual place to live, work, and play. We do not let our boundaries stop us from making an impact in our business district and commercial corridor.