Sheridan Road Special Service Area #54

Show Your Support

Do you own property and are a taxpayer within the SSA? Click here to view the boundary map. If so, we need your support! Please sign and return the form below by email or mail per the instructions on the form. If you are a business owner or resident that rents your space, you can help by asking the property owner/taxpayer of record to sign and submit this form. Thank you in advance as your support is critical to continue the services of Sheridan Road SSA #54.

Virtual Community Meetings

Thanks to everyone who attended our virtual community meetings that were held on July 1st and July 14th. We were able to get some really good feedback. In case you were not able to join us you can view both presentations and minutes below.

SSA #54 Renewal Process

RPBA works to cultivate and sustain a thriving economic environment in Rogers Park, and one of the many ways it work towards this goal is by managing our community’s four Special Service Areas (SSAs) – Howard Street #19, Clark/Morse/Glenwood #24, Devon Avenue #43, and Sheridan Road #54. These areas, commonly called Business Improvement Districts or BIDs in other cities, are local tax districts that use their funds to expand services and programs in business districts throughout the City of Chicago (currently, the City has 52 SSAs). These services are in addition to services provided by the City and do not replace, but add to, city services. SSA #54 has been serving Sheridan Road businesses since 2012 and needs to go through a formal reconstitution process to continue operating in 2021. RPBA is leading an extensive outreach and engagement process to learn from local businesses about what services they want to continue seeing from the SSA, what can be improved upon, and what ideas they have for new initiatives.

SSA #54 Map – Proposed Renewal Boundaries

FAQs

Why should we renew SSA #54 now? If no action is taken, the SSA will expire at the end of 2021 and cease providing critical services such as small business rebates, local marketing, litter removal and corridor maintenance, events, landscaping and anti-graffiti protection. Of course, small businesses are facing incredible challenges as a result of COVID-19 and the racial injustices facing this country and our community. RPBA has been working directly with the Rogers Park business community to understand these needs and respond quickly. SSA #54 recently established two different COVID-relief programs in response: one provides rebates to help businesses shift to e-commerce and the other reimburses partial expenses related to health and sanitation. In the near-term – while COVID 19 is impacting our community – SSA #54 can be an advocate for local businesses and a source of financial support and assistance in identifying grants and loans. Over the long-term, the SSA will be equally important as we emerge from this crisis.

What is a SSA? A Special Service Area is a local district that uses its funds to expand services and programs in local business districts. SSA #54 is approaching expiration of its initial ten-year term and needs to go through a reconstitution process to continue operating for the next 15 years. The SSA is governed by a Commission of volunteers made up of local businesses, property owners and a resident who review and approve the budget each year as well as all contracts to make sure the services meet the needs of the area.

How can you help?  You can help by participating in the reconstitution process, engaging with the SSA via its website and social media, offering ideas for improvement of the district, identifying what services you think the SSA should prioritize, and attending community meetings. The City also requires 20% of taxpayers to share their support for reconstitution by signing a form. If you are in support of continued services and don’t want to see SSA services cease, we ask you to join this effort by submitting this signed form listing each PIN number you own in the district – click here to view / download form. If you are a business owner or resident that rents your space, you can help by asking the property owner/taxpayer of record to sign and submit this form.

Why do we need an SSA? An SSA is an economic development tool that brings businesses together to collectively decide how tax dollars can be spent locally to maintain and promote a shared business district. Today’s retail environment is challenging. Now more than ever, business owners understand the need to have a strategic and collaborative effort to identity common priorities, coordinate marketing efforts, and work with the larger Rogers Park community. An SSA can fund these goals and help local businesses stay competitive, attractive, and desirable for residents and customers alike.

What services are funded through the SSA? SSA-funded projects include: Advertising and Promotion, Business Improvement Program (BIP), Marketing, Landscape Rebate Program, Outreach, Public Way Aesthetics, Public Way Maintenance, Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF), and Tenant Retention/Attraction. Click on the SSA Services tab above to learn more!

Who governs the SSA? The SSA is managed by Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA) which is leading an extensive outreach effort to determine priorities of local businesses, residents, the Loyola community and area property owners to set the priorities of the SSA. RPBA is responsible for coordinating services, generating program reports, and recruiting SSA commissioners. Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor and determine the budget, workplan and sole service provider each year. Current SSA #54 Commissioners are:

    • Heather Hill (Chair) – Resident
    • Chris Bell (Secretary) – Business owner; Flatts & Sharpe Music Co.
    • Tony Fox (Treasurer) – Property & business owner; The 400 Theater
    • Jennifer Clark – AVP of Campus and Community Planning; Loyola University
    • Sara Blackstone Lukens – Business owner; ChiTown Magpie

Who sets the budget for the SSA? The Sheridan Road SSA #54 Commission manages and approves the budget. Revenue is collected by Cook County as part of the regular property tax collection process, and all funds must be spent within the SSA boundaries.

How is the SSA funded? SSA #54 is funded through revenue collected from taxes levied upon properties within the SSA boundary. These funds, which are controlled locally by the SSA #54 Commission, must stay in the district and must be spent on services that achieve the mission of SSA #54. The current levy is approximately $91,000 spread over all of the properties in the district. SSA #54 takes fiscal responsibility very seriously. Over the past several years, it has set the annual levy lower than the maximum tax rate cap that was established at the founding of the SSA. This tax rate cap is also among the lowest in the City.  The Commission has committed to not raising the levy in 2021 due to the current economic challenges. It has also recommended a tax rate cap of 0.75% over the course of the SSA.  This would mean the cost would not exceed $750 annually for each $100,000 of Equalized Assessed Value (EAV).

What are the boundaries of the SSA? Sheridan Road SSA #54 currently includes Sheridan Road from Devon Ave to Farwell Ave.

 

Project Outreach

Virtual Community Meetings

Thanks to everyone who attended our virtual community meetings that were held on July 1st and July 14th. We were able to get some really good feedback. In case you were not able to join us you can view both presentations and minutes below.

Needs Assessment Survey

Many thanks to everyone who has already responded to the RPBA SSA #54 Needs Assessment Survey! The survey has been re-opened to collect additional input surrounding our virtual community meetings. Click the survey button below to let us know what you love about the Sheridan Road area and would like to see in the future. Congratulations to Julia K., the lucky recipient of our RPBA SSA #54 Gift Card!

Advisory Meetings

Below is a list of past Advisory Meetings; visit the Docs tab to view summaries and agendas.

  • March: Thurs, 12 at 8:30 a.m. Lake Shore Community Partners, 6443 N. Sheridan Rd.
  • April: Thurs, 16 at 8:30 a.m. Meeting held virtually with the Commission meeting.
    Google: https://meet.google.com/aaw-utxj-btb | Call-in: +1 609-779-1608‬ (PIN: ‪756 211 429‬#)
  • April: Thurs, 30 at 8:30 a.m. Meeting held virtually with the Commission meeting. Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89990384002 | Dial-in +1 312 626 6799 (Meeting ID: 899 9038 4002)

Sheridan Road SSA Input Brochure

Click here or image below to learn more about Sheridan Road SSA services.

Documents + Resources

As SSA #54 Renewal documents become available, they will be posted here. To view past SSA #54 documents (such as meeting minutes, audits, and applications) click here.  Show Your Support! Do you own property and are a taxpayer within the SSA? Click here to view the boundary map. If so, we need your support! Please sign and return the form below by email or mail per the instructions on the form. If you are a business owner or resident that rents your space, you can help by asking the property owner/taxpayer of record to sign and submit this form. Thank you in advance as your support is critical to continue the services of Sheridan Road SSA #54.

2020 Advisory Meetings Agendas & Presentations 2020 Advisory Meetings Minutes
March 12 Agenda
April 16 Agenda  |  Presentation
April 30 Agenda  |  Presentation
March 12 Minutes
April 16 Minutes
April 30 Minutes
2020 Community Meetings Presentations 2020 Community Meetings Minutes
July 1 Presentation
July 14 Presentation
July 2 Minutes
July 14 Minutes

Project Documents + Resources

SSA #54 Services

SSA-funded programs and services include but are not limited to: Advertising and Promotion, Business Improvement Program (BIP), Marketing, Landscape Rebate Program, Outreach, Public Way Aesthetics, Public Way Maintenance, Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF), and Tenant Retention/ Attraction. Scroll down to view images celebrating some of SSA #54’s work and to learn more about each service!

  • Advertising and Promotion: We develop promotions, campaigns and business retention and attraction materials.
  • Business Improvement Program (BIP): We promote and revitalize the commercial buildings within the SSA by providing financial and technical assistance to owners and tenants who wish to improve their storefronts. Through this program, owners and tenants are eligible for a 50% rebate up to $5,000 on improvements made to their façade; application here.
  • Comercio en Línea y Mercadotecnia Digital – Programa de Rembolso: Fue creado como respuesta de emergencia al COVID-19 para aisistir a los negocios locales que inviertan en mercadotecnia digital y en estrategias en redes sociales. Puede leer la guía y aplicar aquí.
  • E-Commerce and Digital Marketing Rebate Program: Was developed in response to the COVID-19 emergency, with a goal of supporting local businesses expenditures for digital marketing and social media strategies. Download guidelines and application here.
  • Health and Sanitation Rebate Program: Was developed in response to the COVID-19 emergency, with a goal of supporting local businesses facing increased costs for sanitation supplies and takeout packaging by providing a rebate. Download guidelines and application here.
  • Marketing: We market the business districts within the SSA #54 by organizing and providing funding to events and public art programs such as Summer on the Plaza and Polar Palooza.
  • Landscape Rebate Program: We promote beautification of the SSA by providing up to 50% of the associated costs with a maximum rebate not to exceed $500 for any landscaping planted outside the business within the Sheridan Road SSA #54 boundaries. Applications will be considered in the order in which they are received until all funding is disbursed for the fiscal year; application here.
  • Outreach: We visit businesses within the SSA to provide technical assistance and ensure that business owners are aware of all the programs, services and resources available to them.
  • Public Way Aesthetics and Maintenance: We install holiday lighting, maintain street pole banners and purchase streetscape elements, as needed, and regularly conduct field checks of the public way.
  • Salud e Higiene – Programa de Rembolso: Fue creado como respuesta de emergencia al COVID-19 para aisistir a los negocios locales que enfrentan crecientes costos por material sanitario y paquetería por la nueva forma de venta de comida. Puede leer la guía y aplicar aquí.
  • Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF): We promote and revitalize the commercial buildings within the Tax Increment Financing District by providing financial advice and technical assistance to owners and tenants who wish to improve their storefronts. Through this program, they are eligible for a 50% rebate, up to $150,000, on improvements made.
  • Tenant Retention/Attraction: We hold business attraction workshops and give presentations to recruit new businesses to the commercial corridors and support current businesses. We also provide technical assistance to businesses and property owners including on-site visits.

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Chicago, IL 60626
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