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September 22, 2017

What has the LA Fashion District BID done for you lately?

For 20 years, the LA Fashion District BID has been a champion for local businesses and property owners, serving as a connector between our stakeholders and the City. On a weekly basis, we help resolve issues that would otherwise make doing business in the Fashion District an inconvenient and often difficult task. Little things that make a big impact - like ensuring businesses have proper loading zones, access to mail boxes, connection to tenant improvement resources, and neighborhood beautification (like murals!) - all play an important role in making the district an attractive place for business and residents.

Earlier this year, the LA Fashion District Board of Directors outlined the priorities for the BID moving forward. Among the top focus points was increased pro-active advocacy, specifically on issues regarding homelessness, zoning, infrastructure and economic development. The BID has strategically targeted these four key issues and has already seen results in all categories.

As a direct result of our advocacy work, the City is  expanding homeless outreach services in Downtown Los Angeles to the Fashion District and other areas outside of Skid Row for the first time. A new multi-disciplinary outreach team composed of mental health and substance abuse experts, a case manager, a medical provider, and a peer with lived experience is being deployed.

For the last 12 months, BID staff has worked to educate City officials and demand resources to address homeless issues in the Fashion District. This included multiple meetings with Councilmember Jose Huizar and District 14 Downtown Area Director, Ari Simon, LAPD Central Division Captain Marc Reina and Senior Lead Officer (SLO) Jamilah Jones Linton, and the Mayor's Homeless Policy Advisor, Alisa Orduna. In fact, the BID has been documenting homeless issues in the Fashion District and communicating them with the Councilmember's office and the City on a weekly basis. On average we make 100 calls every week through the City's 311 number regarding homeless encampment-related issues.

On the legislative side, the BID is partnered with California Downtown Association (CDA) and Central City Association (CCA) to monitor and address legislation at a city and state level. Most recently, the BID, through CDA, was able to stop SB876 several times. Dubbed the "Right to Rest Act," the bill would have given homeless individuals the legal right to live on the street without providing any practical solutions for homelessness and prohibiting the regulation of public spaces in a way that would have hindered the City's ability to maintain our public spaces in a clean and safe manner.

The district's zoning has long posed a different prospect for the development and the future of the district. In the past year, the BID has worked arduously to ensure the voice of Fashion District stakeholders is heard as the City drafts its  Downtown Community Plan and ReCode L.A. Zoning . The DTLA 2040 plan , as it is being called, originally left the Fashion District designated as industrial zone with limited opportunities for development. The BID worked to educate City officials so that plan will recognize the district as the next frontier for development with more flexible zoning .

While we wait for those changes to take effect, the BID helps connect developers with the proper departments at City Hall and educates stakeholders on proposed projects in the district. Most recently, BID staff worked to educate City officials and stakeholders on the importance of the 33-story tower coming to 7th Street and Maple Avenue. The project was facing an appeal in the zoning amendment process. Through the proactive efforts of our staff and stakeholders, we were able to successfully communicate this project's importance to the area and see the Planning Commission unanimously approve the project.

On January 18, 2017, the LA Fashion District Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services and Councilmember Jose Huizar broke ground on the much anticipated  Los Angeles Street Streetscape . The $1.770 million project will fix broken sidewalks, add trees, and landscaped bump-outs, new crosswalks, enhanced bus stops and new pedestrian lights on Los Angeles Street from Olympic Boulevard to 7th Street, ultimately making the street more pedestrian-friendly. 

The BID has previously partnered with the City to bring other streetscape projects to the district including the s treetscape at San Pedro and 8th Streets and the median at 9th and Main Streets. We recently worked with our colleagues at other Los Angeles BIDs to expand the City's Sidewalk Repair Program to include reimbursement for sidewalk repairs to commercial areas. The plan originally only benefited residential properties.

Currently, the BID is exploring how to bring more trees and greenery to the district. There is also a plan to conduct a district-wide infrastructure survey in 2018 to accurately assess the district's infrastructure needs and communicate those needs with the appropriate City agencies.

The LA Fashion District BID was part of the largest coalition ever formed against a proposed ballot measure in a successful city-wide effort to  stop Measure S , an anti-development initiative that would have stopped construction throughout the city, worsened our housing crisis, and directly impacted proposed projects in the district. 

It is with these projects and the future of the district in mind, that the BID recently launched a branding effort and hired a public relations and branding agency to help market the district to developers, businesses, and stakeholders. The BID will create branding materials that will help educate brokers and real estate community members on the opportunities the Fashion District can provide.

You're Invited to An Urban Dinner Party!

Envision white linens, beautiful tablescapes and sparkling lights against the downtown skyline.... The LA Fashion District Business Improvement District (BID) is bringing the ultimate urban dining experience to Downtown Los Angeles. On Thursday, October 12, 2017, 120 feet of community dining space will "pop-up" in the outdoor piazza of City Market South located at 11th and San Julian Streets.
This year, award-winning Chef Steve Samson of Rossoblu will treat guests to a carefully crafted four-course dinner al fresco, inspired by the places he considers home: Bologna and Los Angeles. Complimentary wine, bocce ball, and live entertainment will complete the night. Only 100 tickets will be available for this special event.
Click here for event details and tickets.

Upcoming BID Meetings
  • Thursday, September 28, 10:15 a.m. - Finance Committee
    BID Administration Office, 110 E 9th St, Suite A1175 in the California Market Center
  • Thursday, September 28, 11:45 a.m. - BID Board of Directors
    110 E 9th St, Suite C855 in the California Market Center
Fashion District in the News

The Wall Farmer's Market
Enjoy food, flowers, and fresh produce at The Wall Farmer's Market every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The farmer's market sets up in front of the flower markets on Wall Street between 7th and 8th Streets.

Los Angeles Street Streetscape Project

Pardon our dust! We're working to make Los Angeles Street more pedestrian friendly. Learn more.

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