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NEWS FROM PAGE 20 MICRO To become a Micro District,

groups of interested business owners begin by establishing a formation committee, comprising business license holders, com- mercial property owners, local residents and representatives of other community-based organiza- tions. This committee or group, initially often on an ad hoc basis, identifies district boundaries and surveys the businesses within them.

Based on the survey results, the committee then formulates a preliminary work plan. Ultimately, the group pursues full legal status as a non-profit. Each year, the BID Council makes available small, one-year grants to assist Micro Districts. In general, grant monies can be used for business improvement or promotional activities

in the

identified Micro District, such as restaurant “taste ofs.” To qualify for a Micro District grant, applicants must: identify recognized district boundaries or a common industry; present a list of small business tax certificate holders; demonstrate a measur- able effort to solicit matching funds; seek “seed” funding for new programs involving the re- vitalization of commercial areas, capacity building and business retention; and maintain a bank ac- count for the group showing one- quarter of the full grant amount in the account.

Simon, of the BID Council, said it’s not the size of the busi- ness district—but the commit- ment of those involved—that re- ally matters in determining how successful the group will be. “I’ve had large groups that don’t accomplish much of any- thing and groups as small as six that I’m working with that are producing newsletters and bro- chures,” he said.

Banker’s Hill/Midtown is one of Uptown’s earliest developed communities. Today, it’s an up- scale

neighborhood character-

ized by Victorian mansions, some of which have been converted to offices for dentists, lawyers and small companies. Notable his- toric architects Irving Gill, Wil- liam Hebbard, Richard Requa and Frank Mead designed homes in the neighborhood, which ac- quired the name “Banker’s Hill” because of its reputation as a home for the affluent. Local residents are young

professionals, empty nesters and those who enjoy the pedestrian lifestyle of an urban environment with convenient access to both I-5 and SR-163, along with shopping readily available in Hillcrest and Mission Valley as well as Horton Plaza. Balboa Park is within walk- ing distance of most of the homes, offering residents access to its museums and theatre.

The next meeting of the new Banker’s Hill business group will be Tues., July 19, at 6 p.m. at Plan- et Rooth Gallery, 3334 5th Ave.u

San Diego Uptown News | June 24–July 7, 2011


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