Business owners and property owners in downtown El Centro will be asked to support the creation of a business improvement district and a lighting and maintenance district in the next several months.
The City Council is tentatively scheduled to act on a resolution in support of a BID at its March 6 meeting. Some time after that, business owners would be afforded the opportunity to give their input on the creation of the BID at a public hearing in April.
Efforts to create the lighting district would overlap but lag those of the improvement district.
Consultant Marco Li Mandri, president of San Diego-based New City America Inc., briefed interested parties about the BID and LMD. He said between the two the downtown area could raise about $220,000 yearly, with $186,030 from the LMD.
Under the proposal, the BID would encompass Main Street from Fourth to Eighth streets. The LMD would encompass Main from the railroad tracks to Imperial Avenue. City, county and Imperial Irrigation District property would be included in the LMD, Li Mandri said.