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LANCASTER DOWNTOWN INVESTMENT DISTRICT AUTHORITY PLAN FOR: January 1, 2013 – April 30, 2015

LANCASTER DOWNTOWN INVESTMENT DISTRICT AUTHORITY PLAN FOR: January 1, 2013 – April 30, 2015

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LANCASTER DOWNTOWN INVESTMENT DISTRICT AUTHORITY PLAN FOR: January 1, 2013 – April 30, 2015

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  1. LANCASTER DOWNTOWN INVESTMENT DISTRICT AUTHORITY PLAN FOR: January 1, 2013 – April 30, 2015 Marshall W. Snively James Street Improvement District Lancaster Downtown Investment District Randy S. Patterson City of Lancaster Hourglass Presentation - July 13, 2012

  2. LANCASTER DOWNTOWN INVESTMENT DISTRICT AUTHORITY (DID) PLAN FOR: January 1, 2013 – April 30, 2015 Began operation in 1992 when property owners within the DID District granted their approval for its formation Municipal authority structured under the Municipal Authorities Act and is governed by an eleven member Board of Directors Mission: To ensure economic vitality and the highest quality of life in the DID

  3. LANCASTER DOWNTOWN INVESTMENT DISTRICT AUTHORITY (DID) PLAN FOR: January 1, 2013 – April 30, 2015 DID Boundaries 545 total properties 476 taxable properties reflecting approximately 325 different owners 69 of which are tax exempt

  4. LANCASTER DOWNTOWN INVESTMENT DISTRICT AUTHORITY (DID) PLAN FOR: January 1, 2013 – April 30, 2015 The DID has operated with the following plan durations over its history: First Year of Plan Term/Duration of Plan 1992 3 years 1995 3 years 1998 3 years 2001 6 years 2007 6 years

  5. LANCASTER DOWNTOWN INVESTMENT DISTRICT AUTHORITY (DID) PLAN FOR: January 1, 2013 – April 30, 2015 The DID is governed by a plan approved by the Lancaster City Council The DID’s current approved plan expires on December 31, 2012 The DID is required to submit a new plan that outlines improvements and services to be provided together with estimated costs and the proposed method of assessment

  6. LANCASTER DOWNTOWN INVESTMENT DISTRICT AUTHORITY (DID) PLAN FOR: January 1, 2013 – April 30, 2015 Renewal Timeline to Date July 2011 - DID Board put in place an 18 month process to evaluate the DID renewal Mid-September 2011 - Property owners were notified of the process and timeline through materials sent out

  7. LANCASTER DOWNTOWN INVESTMENT DISTRICT AUTHORITY (DID) PLAN FOR: January 1, 2013 – April 30, 2015 Renewal Timeline to Date Fall 2011 - Convened a Special Task Force 11 Downtown property owners and stakeholders Conducted significant community outreach and surveying to gauge the DID’s performance and to assess current and future needs Over 350 individuals provided feedback Including 85 property owners – 25% of the DID’s Base Reported to the DID Board in January 2012

  8. LANCASTER DOWNTOWN INVESTMENT DISTRICT AUTHORITY (DID) PLAN FOR: January 1, 2013 – April 30, 2015 Renewal Timeline to Date The Task Force report was posted online and highlighted in the JSID/DID newsletter, e-mails and other communications With the Task Force’s guidance and considerable discussion by the DID executive committee and Board, the draft report was written and reviewed at the DID’s March 28th board meeting Property owners were mailed a notification that the draft report was available online and informed of a public meeting held on May 1st

  9. LANCASTER DOWNTOWN INVESTMENT DISTRICT AUTHORITY (DID) PLAN FOR: January 1, 2013 – April 30, 2015 Renewal Timeline to Date Without significant feedback/comments from the public, the DID board approved the final report at the May 23rd Board meeting

  10. LANCASTER DOWNTOWN INVESTMENT DISTRICT AUTHORITY (DID) PLAN FOR: January 1, 2013 – April 30, 2015 Renewal Timeline In mid June, the DID scheduled the required public hearing for July 31st at 6:00 in City Council chambers, entering the DID into the legal renewal/approval process which requires: Notice of the public hearing must be mailed out at least 30 days in advance of the hearing date (mailed June 21st) Advertising of the public hearing at least 10 days in advance of the hearing date A 45 day waiting period during which property owners may object to the plan (which has to be done in writing to the City AND DID) At the end of the waiting period, independent auditors will tabulate/verify objections

  11. LANCASTER DOWNTOWN INVESTMENT DISTRICT AUTHORITY (DID) PLAN FOR: January 1, 2013 – April 30, 2015 Renewal Timeline Current Expectation is that the plan be reviewed by City Council in October and approved no later than November for a January 2013 implementation

  12. LANCASTER DOWNTOWN INVESTMENT DISTRICT AUTHORITY (DID) PLAN FOR: January 1, 2013 – April 30, 2015 Plan Highlights Term of Draft Plan: 2 years, 4 months – starting Jan 2013 and extending thru April 2015 To align with the DID fiscal year Allow time to gauge and consider the City’s continued economic growth Sensitive to the City/SDOL budget constraints that may result in increased taxes Allow time to investigate other areas of opportunity that may impact future plans Boundaries: no changes

  13. LANCASTER DOWNTOWN INVESTMENT DISTRICT AUTHORITY (DID) PLAN FOR: January 1, 2013 – April 30, 2015 Plan Highlights Core programs/budget:Anticipated total revenue is approximately $380 - $400K Assessments -- $300K - $325K Donations -- $50K - $56K Marketing/Misc/Reserves -- $17K - $40K Two primary programmatic expenses include: Bicycle ambassadors -- $144K Sidewalk sweeping -- $127K Represents 72% of the DID budget

  14. LANCASTER DOWNTOWN INVESTMENT DISTRICT AUTHORITY (DID) PLAN FOR: January 1, 2013 – April 30, 2015 JSID Bicycle Ambassadors Providing directions in the DID 1,045 times in 2011 Assisting emergency personnel 150 times from FY07-08 through FY10-11 Recovering 23 items of lost property in FY10-11 Contacting PPL 37 times in FY09-10 and FY10-11 to report street light replacement needs Conducting more than 300 ‘business checks,’ (stopping in briefly to a business) on average per week in 2011

  15. LANCASTER DOWNTOWN INVESTMENT DISTRICT AUTHORITY (DID) PLAN FOR: January 1, 2013 – April 30, 2015 DID Clean TeamIn 2011, the crew logged the following statistics: Swept up on average 2,500 pounds of trash per month Collected 16,000 pounds of leaves during the months of Sept.– Dec. Removed 350 cases of graffiti or stickers, primarily on utility, light and traffic signal poles Cleared snow from curb cuts at intersections on 14 days

  16. LANCASTER DOWNTOWN INVESTMENT DISTRICT AUTHORITY (DID) PLAN FOR: January 1, 2013 – April 30, 2015 Plan Highlights Additional Expenses: Administrative fee to JSID -- $75K Additional admin expenses, including legal, accounting and insurance -- $20K Downtown Dollar gift certificate program -- $15K in/out

  17. LANCASTER DOWNTOWN INVESTMENT DISTRICT AUTHORITY (DID) PLAN FOR: January 1, 2013 – April 30, 2015 The distribution of properties in the DID based on current total assessed value is as follows: Total Assessed Value # of DID Properties $0 - $99,999 174 $100,000 - $249,999 186 $250,000 - $499,999 67 $500,000 - $999,999 26 $1,000,000 23 TOTAL 476 Median = $131,450

  18. LANCASTER DOWNTOWN INVESTMENT DISTRICT AUTHORITY (DID) PLAN FOR: January 1, 2013 – April 30, 2015 Plan Highlights Millage Rate: Current FY12/13: 2.23 Proposed FY13/14: 2.34 Proposed FY14/15: 2.45 Median total assessed DID property value: $131,450 Median property owner’s rate today is $293 It would increase to $308 and then $322

  19. LANCASTER DOWNTOWN INVESTMENT DISTRICT AUTHORITY (DID) PLAN FOR: January 1, 2013 – April 30, 2015 Additional Considerations/Opportunities Modify the geographic boundaries Strengthen engagement of tax exempt properties If taxable, the 69 exempt properties would generate an additional $460K in revenue for the DID vs. the $310K generated by the 476 taxable properties) Provide funding to support surveillance cameras

  20. Wayfinding

  21. Streetscape and Lighting

  22. Gathering Places

  23. Entertainment

  24. Housing Activities Garden Spot Village and Landis Communities to develop 55+ residential communities in the downtown for active adults; 44 and 36 units; total investment $25 million New developer for the former Northgate project at Queen and Lemon – Hammer Group – with 5 condos, 6 townhouses and commercial space

  25. Completion of Historic East Side Suites mixed use project in the 100 block of East King Street $9.2 million 17 luxury apartments 7 retail spaces Economic Development Activities

  26. Economic Development Activities • Fulton Bank expansion on East King Street • 200+ employees • Ponessa & Associates office project at Prince and Lemon Streets $7.3 million • 200+ employees • 300 Block of North Queen • Bon Appetite • Candy Factory • Building Character with 30+ vendors, 10,000 sq ft

  27. Economic Development Activities • In 2010 28 stores, galleries and restaurants opened or expanded and 15 closed, for a net gain of 13 • In 2011 30 businesses opened or expanded and six more have firm plans to do so, and 14 have closed, for a net gain of 22

  28. What Challenges Are Ahead • A continued slow economy • How we maintain the unique character of the City while continuing to grow • Up when out is not a possibility! • Fiscal challenges of the City • Competitive disadvantage with surrounding municipalities • Marketing the City as its own tourist destination among the Amish and Agriculture Heritage perception of Lancaster County

  29. What Opportunities Are Ahead • Celebrating • Our growing arts community • Our culinary diversity • Our growing reputation as a “green” community • Our unique convention center • Our architectural heritage • Our cultural diversity • Growing • New Housing Opportunities • Growing Corporate Office Community • Building on our successes

  30. LANCASTER DOWNTOWN INVESTMENT DISTRICT AUTHORITY (DID) PLAN FOR: January 1, 2013 – April 30, 2015 www.JSIDLancaster.org 717-394-0783