Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Improvement District:
2017 Annual Report
SECTION 1: INTRODUCTION
The 2017 Annual Report is provided to Wilkes-Barre City Council, stakeholders of downtown Wilkes-Barre, and the public pursuant to Section 9, (1) and (2), of the Pennsylvania Neighborhood Improvement District Act of 2000.
On August 1, 2007, the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Improvement District (DWBBID) began providing supplementary place management, place marketing, and economic development services to the properties and businesses of Downtown Wilkes-Barre.
Following a year of discussion and planning, the DWBBID was created by City Council ordinance following the requirements of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Neighborhood Improvement District Act. The DWBBID was renewed in 2012, and its current authorization extends through the end of 2018.
The Diamond City Partnership, a 501C3 nonprofit corporation, manages the DWBBID, which serves an area extending from Academy Street in the south to North Street in the north. Downtown Wilkes-Barre’s property and business owners are all partners in the DWBBID: their collective investment makes it possible for the DWBBID to provide these services, and to create a cleaner, safer, and more vibrant Downtown.
Each year, an independent accountant’s review report is prepared, provided to the City Clerk and the PA Department of Community & Economic Development, and made publicly available. See the full 2017 document, performed by Lawrence Cable & Company, LLP, Certified Public Accountants.
SECTION 2: CHANGES IN BENEFITED PROPERTIES
The DWBBID is funded through an assessment on benefited properties within the Business Improvement District, together with voluntary multiyear contributions from tax-exempt property owners.
In 2017, the total number of DWBBID Benefited Properties decreased to 274. Five previously tax-exempt parcels at 55-55½, 57-59, 61, 71, 73, and 75 South Main Street were sold by the City of Wilkes-Barre and the Wilkes-Barre Parking Authority to Sphere International of Flemington, New Jersey for the proposed development of a mixed-use hotel and residential project, while Wilkes University purchased a benefited taxable parcel at 116 South Main Street and five associated properties.
SECTION 3: DOWNTOWN ACTION PLAN
The DWBBID’s activities align with Wilkes-Barre’s current Downtown Action Plan. The Plan, whose creation was led by DCP, is built around six “big goals:”
SECTION 4: 2017 OUTPUTS AND OUTCOMES
PLACE DEVELOPMENT: 2017
PLACE MANAGEMENT: 2017
DCP’s Clean Team accomplished the following in 2017:
PLACE MARKETING: 2017
SECTION 5: SPONSORSHIPS
Thank you to all of our 2017 sponsors:
DOWNTOWN WILKES-BARRE VISITORS MAP/GUIDE:
FLORAL HANGING BASKETS:
HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOPS:
DOWNTOWN WAYFINDING SIGNAGE (PHASE I):
FARMERS MARKET REUSABLE TOTE BAGS:
SECTION 6: BOARD and COMMITTEES
2017 Board of Directors:
SECTION 7: PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITIONS
DCP continues to be Nationally Accredited by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Accreditation demonstrates that DCP meets or exceeds the highest standards for a Main Street program.
Please direct questions or comments to:
Larry Newman, AICP, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
4 Public Square
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701