As the first BID in San Francisco, we have a responsibility to continue to serve as stewards for the Union Square area to ensure for the shared prosperity of our property owners, businesses and employees. Union Square is a gateway for millions of visitors annually and an economic engine for the City. Join us on this critical path forward of continuing to invest in the heart of our City.
Proposed Expansion Map with Service Zones
Thursday, April 4
Property owners, managers, Union Square businesses and stakeholders are invited to participate in the USBID's Renewal Committee to cement the legacy of the community. The Renewal Committee is an integral part of the USBID's planning process to renew its vital clean & safe services and more. Contact Ben Horne, Deputy Director at Ben@unionsquarebid.com get involved.
RENEWAL SURVEY RESULTS
The Union Square Business Improvement District (USBID) conducted a member and stakeholder survey as part of its renewal process to gather data on overall importance of current programs and additional services members may be willing to pay more for. 196 parcel and business surveys were received. Surveys received from parcel owners totaled 62.68% of the weighted assessments.
RENEWAL STATUS UPDATE
After an 18 month process, the USBID is in the final stages of its renewal. Thanks to all who've participated. The City and County of San Francisco has approved the Management Plan and Engineer's Report.These reports outline the new service plan and assessment methodology for the new USBID (2019-2029). These will be mailed along with the petition (yellow sheet) to property owners in 2-3 weeks.
During the petition phase, the USBID must receive support from proposed properties within the District that contribute at least 30% of the assessments to move forward with the official ballot vote in May/June. Property owners are encouraged to reach out to the USBID staff with any questions about new services proposed for the District.
Upcoming Key Dates for Renewal:
March/April 2019: Petition vote
May/June 2019: Ballot vote
July 1, 2019: USBID new term begins
VISION FOR THE FUTURE
The future is bright for Union Square. As a model for public-private partnerships, we’ve met and exceeded our management goals by consistently delivering effective and efficient services while maximizing our resources and innovating to face emerging challenges. The USBID of tomorrow is an engine for shared prosperity, expanding on the critical services that our members value. Renew and expand your commitment today, and we will plan collaboratively for a successful Union Square tomorrow.
We ensure a high level of cleanliness for Union Square and strive for continued operational improvements which is core to our mission.
With rapid response times and innovative coverage, our ambassadors and officers make our district a safer place for visitors, workers and residents.
Working collaboratively with our government partners and district stakeholders, we are shaping the long-term vibrancy of our area with thoughtful public realm investment.
We provide connectivity that creates a seamless experience for visitors and locals alike, activating public spaces with popular events that draw crowds and reinforce Union Square’s brand as an international destination.
As your champion, we take pride in representing our members to stay ahead of everyday challenges while building winning coalitions that achieve success.
ABOVE AND BEYOND
As frontline stewards of this 27-block district, the Union Square Business Improvement District (USBID) is proud of the value we bring to our members, providing essential quality of life services.
The USBID has raised over $10 million since we renewed in 2009 to complement the generous commitment of our membership. An increase in member investment will drive greater dollar-for-dollar return on critical services for Union Square.
Going the extra mile, Union Square partnered with law enforcement and became the first area in San Francisco to deploy over 350 surveillance cameras, resulting in hundreds of arrests. Continued investment in this resource will promote safety and prevent incidents before they occur.
The USBID boosted cleanliness in Union Square by launching the successful “Bigbelly” program, adding 25 new trash units across the District. With additional optimization of waste management, the USBID, with help from our partners, will ensure a sparkling district for all.
“The Union Square BID is an incredibly strong partner with the Hotel Council of San Francisco. Together, we advocate for City policies that protect a safe and clean Union Square district for our businesses, employees and visitors.” – Kevin Carroll, Executive Director, Hotel Council of San Francisco
“The San Francisco Police Department’s work with the BID is the model on how partnerships make our community safer. Through community engagement, our “Park Smart” educational campaign and other crime prevention strategies we ensure that visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience in Union Square. The installation of 350+ security cameras have both served as a deterrent and have been an incredible tool in identifying those responsible for crime.” – David Lazar, Commander, San Francisco Police Department
“USBID has done a tremendous job of maintaining the area without them we would not even be able to open our doors for business. I am very grateful for them.” – Ramin Vahabi, Owner, Café Central and Café Bellini