Introducing the Shaw BID

Shaw: Yesterday & Today

Shaw Main Streets has worked to turn drug and crime-infested streets, vacant storefronts and parking lots into vibrant commercial corridors and cleaner, safer streets.

Shaw Main Streets helped draw almost $3 Billion in public and private investment, attracted more than 250 new businesses, promoted businesses using advertising, events and social media, and helped businesses obtain $800,000 in grants. The Shaw Clean + Safe Team has removed tons of trash and removed hundreds of graffiti tags.   

Why a BID?

Property and business owners have been asking for increased security services, additional trash collection, seasonal treebox improvements, more financial assistance with storefront improvements, and additional advertising and marketing assistance than can be funded by the Department of Small and Local Business Development and matching private funds. The Shaw BID could fund the expanded services that have been requested.  

What We're Doing

The Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development has provided Shaw Main Streets with a grant to evaluate the potential for a Business Improvement District (BID) in central Shaw. This process includes outreach to business and property owners to determine the services that are most desired, as well as recommending the boundaries for the BID and plans for how the BID would operate.  


What would a BID Do that Shaw Main Streets Can't?

The types of enhanced services that business and property owners have been asking for include increased security services, especially at night; more frequent  trash collection, seasonal treebox plantings, more financial assistance with storefront improvements, and additional advertising and marketing assistance.  


Proposed Boundaries

East—Georgia Avenue, NW, between Barry Place and Florida Avenue and 6th Street, NW, between Florida and New York Avenues. West—11th Street, NW.  North—Barry Place, NW, between Georgia Avenue and 11th Street and Florida Avenue, NW, between 6th and 7th Streets.  South—Massachusetts Avenue, NW, between 9th and 11th Streets, N Street, between 7th and 9th Streets, and New York Avenue, NW, between 6th and 7th Streets.   


What is the Next Step?

In order for a BID to be approved, current DC law requires that the owners of at least 51% of the assessed value of eligible properties and owners of 25% of the total number of properties in the proposed service area agree to the tax assessment. The previous requirement that business owners agree to the tax is no longer in effect. 

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What would You like to know about the Shaw BID?

Shaw Main Streets, Inc.

875 N Street NW, Suite 201, Washington, DC 20001-4891

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