SCCA November Meeting - Proposed Franklin Special Service District

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Wells Fargo Bank

2600 E Franklin Ave

Minneapolis, MN 55406

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SCCA November Meeting:
Proposed Franklin Special Service District Follow Up Meeting

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Thursday, November 21st
11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Wells Fargo Bank

2600 E Franklin Ave

Are you a property owner or business owner on Franklin Ave? You'll want to be at this meeting! SCCA received a Great Streets grant to explore the feasibility of creating a Special Service District (SSD) on Franklin Avenue. This follow up public meeting is a chance for all business and property owners on Franklin (as well as Cedar Ave just north of Franklin and the northern blocks of Minnehaha Ave) to come learn more about what a SSD is, discuss whether Franklin should have one, ask questions, and offer input on what services you'd like to see included. This meeting is a follow up to our July 30th meeting, and includes data from the recent survey.

Public Works staff will be present to answer questions.


What is a Special Service District?
A special service district is a defined area within the city where special services are rendered to improve a business district. Once property owners agree on the services they want, a service fee is assessed to all properties annually to fund the services. Special Service Districts may be established anywhere in the city but only business property (i.e., commercial, industrial, utility, or land zoned for commercial or industrial use) will be required to pay the service charge. Exempt properties can opt to pay it to support the SSD.

There are currently 16 Special Service Districts (SSD) in Minneapolis, where they've been used to improve and revitalize commercial corridors such as East Lake Street, Lyn-Lake, Eat Street and West Broadway.
Services and amenities vary greatly per district but usually focus on creating a clean and safe environment where businesses can thrive. Services offered by a SSD go above and beyond standard City services and can include:

  • sidewalk and street cleaning
  • graffiti removal
  • snow removal
  • public safety initiatives
  • capital improvements (trash receptacles, street lights, planters, etc.)
  • banners & signage
  • holiday decorations and lights
  • landscaping
  • marketing
  • other needs as identified by the group

How is it paid for?
A Special Service District allows property owners in a commercial district to collectively assess themselves to fund enhanced services and other improvements. Usually the assessment is charged by linear foot, in this case based on your street frontage on Franklin, and added to your property taxes.

Join the Working Group:
If you own property or a business on Franklin Ave and would like to serve on the Franklin SSD Working Group, contact Hillary at info@sewardbusiness.org.


RSVPs requested - lunch will be served


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2600 E Franklin Ave

Minneapolis, MN 55406

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