SSA #79 Lawrence/Pulaski/Elston was created in January 2022 to provide services above any beyond the current services provided by the City of Chicago. The Pulaski Elston Business Association has been selected by the City of Chicago to serve as the SSA Service Provider.
What is an SSA?
Special Service Areas, known as Business Improvement Districts or BIDs in other cities, are local tax districts that fund expanded services and programs through a localized property tax levy within contiguous areas. The enhanced services and programs are in addition to those currently provided through the City.
SSA-funded projects typically include but are not limited to: public way maintenance and beautification; district marketing and advertising; business retention/attraction, special events and promotional activities; auto and bike transit; security; façade improvements; and other commercial and economic development initiatives.
The City contracts with local non-profits, called Service Providers, to manage SSAs. Mayorally-appointed SSA Commissioners for each SSA district oversee and recommend the annual services, budget and Service Provider Agency to the City.Who does SSA #79 Serve?
SSA 79 serves the property owners, businesses and residents that live/work within the approved geographic area. This area is generally, Lawrence from Kentucky Avenue east to Pulaski, Pulaski on both sides to Wilson and then continues South on the west side of Pulaski to Elston. Then, Elston from Harding north to Lawrence. Additionally, the area includes Montrose from Pulaski west to Keeler. What does an SSA do?
SSA 79 has been authorized to provide the following services to the above mentioned area beginning in mid/late 2021.
Litter removal, area marketing, landscaping, holiday decorations, snow removal, facade improvements, public art etc.
Additional information about the creation of this SSA can be found HERE