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The Historic Downtown Special Improvement District (HDSID)

The Historic Downtown Special Improvement District (HDSID) is a public-private partnership, 501(C) through which property and business owners have a direct impact on Historic Downtown Jersey City neighborhoods and their development.

HDSID works with local businesses, property owners and neighborhood associations in conjunction with the City government to promote the area, improve the services provided and undertake any and all activity to make Historic Downtown Jersey City a better place to live, work and visit.

The Historic Downtown Special Improvement District (HDSID)

The Historic Downtown Special Improvement District (HDSID) is a public-private partnership, 501(C) through which property and business owners have a direct impact on Historic Downtown Jersey City neighborhoods and their development.

HDSID works with local businesses, property owners and neighborhood associations in conjunction with the City government to promote the area, improve the services provided and undertake any and all activity to make Historic Downtown Jersey City a better place to live, work and visit.

HDSID By-Laws

A SID assessment is a fee that each property owner pays to support the operations of the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District. The sum of all the individual assessments comprises the total yearly assessment of the SID, and underwrites most, if not all, annual operating expenses. The fee is determined by square footage of first floor spaces on properties within the boundaries.

Benefits for HDSID Businesses 

  • Cleaner StreetsThe HDSID employs a Clean Team to sweep the streets, empty overflowing garbage cans, and salt curb cuts during inclement weather.
  • Safer Neighborhoods – Our Clean Team is the everyday eyes and ears on the street.
  • Discounted RatesHDSID Businesses receive a 50% discount on booth fees for the Farmers Market, the All About Downtown Street Fair, and the Holiday Market.
  • Grand Openings – Each year the HDSID welcomes new businesses to the area by holding Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies. We will schedule the event with City Hall, promote via social media, and provide pictures for the business owner.
  • Special Events – The HDSID helps organize special community event like Pictures with The Easter Bunny, Halloween on Newark Ave, Light it Blue for Autism.
  • Holiday Decor – The HDSID works to get business sponsorships for the Holiday lights on major thoroughfares within the district boundaries in addition to the Christmas tree and Menorah on The Pedestrian Mall and the Christmas Tree in Mercado Park.
  • Marketing Assistance – The HDSID maintains a variety of social media channels and produces a weekly blog Business owners can submit special events, stories, and sales at no cost

The  Team

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Rachel Sieg

Executive Director
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Maria Pimenidis

Assistant
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Alyssa Dobles

Social Media Manager

Robert Earl Torrez
Cleaning Crew Team Member

Daniel Torrez
Cleaning Crew Team Member

Robert Robinson
Cleaning Crew Team Member

Bernave Villa Rincon
Cleaning Crew Team Member

The Clean Team
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The Clean Team – Danny, Benny, and Earl.
The HDSID Clean Team operates seven days a week, including holidays. The Clean Team members maintain the cleaning of the downtown area, collect trash, and empty the trash receptacles. They also remove graffiti, and stickers on City property, manage the plants and flowers, set-up and assist in running the various HDSID events. The Clean Team is an integral part of the Historic Downtown and plays an important role as unofficial representatives of the HDSID. The team members are indispensable!

Board of Trustees 

Steve Kalcanides
President

Sherry Singh
Vice President

Nima Nili
Treasurer

Isabel Mendez
Secretary

Robyn Grodner
Trustee

Frank Fiore
Trustee

Mark Kahn
Alternate Board Member

Jeremy Tirpak
Trustee

Gerald Blankman
Alternate Board Member

FAQs

A Special Improvement District (SID) is an area in a town or city where local businesses and property owners agree to pay an extra tax to fund improvements and services for their specific area. This additional funding is used to enhance the district, making it more attractive, safe, and economically vibrant.
Special Improvement Districts (SIDs) get their funding from local businesses and property owners within a designated area. These businesses and property owners agree to pay extra fees or taxes, and the collected funds are used to improve and enhance the specific district where they operate. The money is then invested back into the community for various improvements, services, and initiatives that benefit the local area.

Once we receive the assessment funds, those same funds are then reinvested into the district for various improvements, services, and initiatives.

The primary functions of a SID include:

a) Improvement Projects: Funding is used for physical enhancements such as beautification, infrastructure improvements, maintenance and public space upgrades.

b) Marketing and Promotion: the HDSID works to market and promote the district to attract visitors, customers, and businesses. We also host events, advertising, and other promotional activities.

c) Community Engagement: the HDSID releases any information from the City or State that pertain to the district. The HDSID also organizes events that bring the community together.

d) Business Support: as a special improvement district, we provide support to local businesses, including marketing assistance, business development programs, and events that drive foot traffic.

e) Cleanliness and Maintenance: our most prized contribution is maintaining a clean and well-kept environment, including street cleaning, landscaping, and trash removal.

In summary, a SID serves as a collaborative effort to invest in and uplift a specific area, fostering economic growth, community cohesion, and an overall improved quality of life for residents, workers, and visitors.

No, unfortunately. You do not qualify as a member of the HDSID. Membership is exclusive to entities with a physical, commercial presence situated on the first floor of properties encompassed by our boundaries.

No, unfortunately. The business must be a commercial space in our district. You are not assessed for the special improvement district tax therefore not a member of the HDSID.
Regrettably, we are currently not accepting paid memberships from businesses located outside of our district. To align with our criteria, all stakeholders must fall within our defined parameters.

No, the entirety of what is considered “historic downtown Jersey City” is not all within our district. Residential buildings are not assessed only commercial spaces.

Below is a list of the properties located within the HDSID as provided by the Jersey City Tax Office:

Property Location
275 GROVE ST.
275 GROVE ST.
275 GROVE ST.
303 GROVE ST.
303 GROVE ST.
277 NEWARK AVE.
195 NEWARK AVE.
195.5 NEWARK AVE.
538 JERSEY AVE.
548 JERSEY AVE.
526 JERSEY AVE.
528 JERSEY AVE.
530 JERSEY AVE.
183 MONTGOMERY ST.
191 MONTGOMERY ST.
275 NEWARK AVE.
193 MONTGOMERY ST.
156 COLUMBUS DR
337 GROVE ST.
146 NEWARK AVE.

339 GROVE ST.
185 NEWARK AVE.
11 ERIE ST.
9 ERIE ST.
322 SECOND ST.
236-238 NEWARK AVE.
236-238 NEWARK AVE.
236-238 NEWARK AVE.
17 ERIE ST.
527 JERSEY AVE.
525 JERSEY AVE.
523 JERSEY AVE.
510 JERSEY AVE.
515 JERSEY AVE.
295 GROVE ST.
293.5 GROVE STREET
293 GROVE ST.
291 GROVE ST
289 GROVE ST.
255 GROVE ST.
359 GROVE ST.
335 GROVE ST.
148 NEWARK AVE.
338 SECOND ST.
342 SECOND ST.
340 SECOND ST.
16 ERIE ST.
18 ERIE ST.
354 GROVE ST.
325 GROVE ST.
546 JERSEY AVE.
544 JERSEY AVE.
103 COLUMBUS DR.
262 NEWARK AVE.
237 FIRST ST.
332 SECOND ST.
319 BARROW ST.
319 BARROW ST.
319 BARROW ST.
265 GROVE ST.
32 COLES ST.
354 GROVE ST.
30 COLES ST.

100 COLUMBUS DR.
273 NEWARK AVE.
350 GROVE ST.
341 GROVE ST.
260 NEWARK AVE.
280 FIRST ST.
220 NEWARK AVE.
365 GROVE ST.
363 GROVE ST.
338 THIRD ST.
296 NEWARK AVENUE
298 NEWARK AVE.
300 NEWARK AVE.
302 NEWARK AVE.
304 NEWARK AVE.
301 NEWARK AVE.
354 THIRD ST.
134 BRUNSWICK ST.
353 THIRD ST.
351 THIRD ST.
283 NEWARK AVE.
281 NEWARK AVE.
279 NEWARK AVE.
271 NEWARK AVE.
353 SECOND ST.
349 SECOND ST.
351 SECOND ST.
355 SECOND ST.
255 NEWARK AVE.
553 JERSEY AVE.
551 JERSEY AVE.
549 JERSEY AVE.
216 NEWARK AVE.
218 NEWARK AVE.
222 NEWARK AVE.
224 NEWARK AVE.
246 BAY ST.
361 GROVE ST.
351 GROVE ST.
349 GROVE ST.
347 GROVE ST.
133 NEWARK AVE.
338 GROVE ST.

340 GROVE ST.
342 GROVE ST.
344 GROVE ST.
346 GROVE ST.
348 GROVE ST.
368 GROVE ST.
364 GROVE ST.
366 GROVE ST.
295 FIRST ST.
293 FIRST ST.
171 NEWARK AVE.
169 COLUMBUS DR
163 COLUMBUS DR
514 JERSEY AVE.
516 JERSEY AVE.
517 JERSEY AVE.
503 JERSEY AVE.
501 JERSEY AV&107 WAYNE S
495 JERSEY AVE.
493 JERSEY AVE.
129 COLUMBUS DR.
127 COLUMBUS DR.
125 COLUMBUS DR.
315 GROVE ST.
313 GROVE ST.
311 GROVE ST.
287 GROVE ST.
285 GROVE ST.
283 GROVE ST.
281 GROVE ST.
279 GROVE STREET
277 GROVE ST.
273 GROVE ST.
299 GROVE ST.
297 GROVE ST.
219 MONTGOMERY ST.
37 COLES ST.
367 GROVE ST.
267 GROVE ST.
357 THIRD ST.
242 BAY ST.
345 GROVE ST.
352 GROVE ST.

346 SECOND ST.
512 JERSEY AVE.
107 COLUMBUS DR.
226 NEWARK AVE.
282 FIRST ST.
132 NEWARK AVE.
130 NEWARK AVE.
138 NEWARK AVE.
188 NEWARK AVE.
186 NEWARK AVE.
180 NEWARK AVE.
140 NEWARK AVE.
253 NEWARK AVE.
251 NEWARK AVE.
150 NEWARK AVE.
136 NEWARK AVE.
190 NEWARK AVE.
152 NEWARK AVE.
176 NEWARK AVE.
178 NEWARK AVE.
134 NEWARK AVE.
173 NEWARK AVE.
343 GROVE ST.
276 NEWARK AVE.
217 NEWARK AVE.
240 NEWARK AVE.
158 COLUMBUS DR.
213 MONTGOMERY ST.
194-96 NEWARK AVE.
264 NEWARK AVE.
187-189 NEWARK AVE.
144 NEWARK AVE
217 NEWARK AVE.
269 NEWARK AVE.
149 NEWARK AVE.
336 SECOND ST.
405 MONMOUTH ST.
225 NEWARK AVE.
34 COLES ST.
181-3 NEWARK AVE.
217 NEWARK AVE.
141 NEWARK AVE.
197 NEWARK AVE.

139 NEWARK AVE.
229-231 NEWARK AVE.
212-14 NEWARK AVE.
284-86 FIRST ST.
347 THIRD ST.
270-2 NEWARK AVE.
248 BAY ST.
172 NEWARK AVE.
157 NEWARK AVE.
155 NEWARK AVE.
175 NEWARK AVE.
162 COLUMBUS DR.
137 NEWARK AVE.
127 NEWARK AVE.
119 NEWARK AVE.
143 NEWARK AVE.
191-193 NEWARK AVE.
184 NEWARK AVE.
254 NEWARK AVE.
290 GROVE ST.
167 NEWARK AVE.
282 NEWARK AVE.
300 GROVE ST.
233 NEWARK AVE.
306-310 NEWARK AVE.
244-250 NEWARK AVE.
532 JERSEY AVE.
178 COLUMBUS DR.
121 NEWARK AVE.
358 GROVE ST.
297-301 FIRST ST.
179 NEWARK AVE.
112 MERCER ST.
305 GROVE ST.
109 COLUMBUS DR.
135 NEWARK AVE.
198-200 NEWARK AVE.
295 NEWARK AVE
104 WAYNE ST.
353 GROVE ST.
154-158 NEWARK AVE.
285 NEWARK AVE.
160 NEWARK AVE.

520 JERSEY AVE.
324 BARROW ST.
547 JERSEY AVE.
151 NEWARK AVE.
500 JERSEY AVE.
110 MERCER ST.
129-131 NEWARK AVE
317-319 GROVE ST.
321 GROVE ST.
145 NEWARK AVE.
340 THIRD STREET
126 NEWARK AVE.
518 JERSEY AVE.
115 COLUMBUS DR.
245 NEWARK AVE.
159-61 NEWARK AVE.
143 COLUMBUS DR.
116 NEWARK AVE.
201 NEWARK AVENUE
163-5 NEWARK AVE.
201 MONTGOMERY ST.
95 COLUMBUS DR.
100 COLUMBUS DR.

The fee is determined by square footage of first floor commercial spaces on properties within the boundaries.

The HDSID does not send out the tax assessment bills. If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at 201-547-5000 and ask for the Jersey City Division of Collections Tax Collectors office.

https://www.jerseycitynj.gov/cityhall/finance/taxes

Property taxes are due quarterly. Property Tax Due Dates:

• February 1st
• May 1st
• August 1st
• November 1st

Expanding the boundaries of a Special Improvement District typically involves a structured process. Here are general steps that we would follow:

a) Conduct Studies: Evaluate the need for expansion by conducting feasibility studies. We would need to assess factors such as potential economic impact, community support, and the capacity to provide services within the expanded area.

b) Engage Stakeholders: The HDSID would communicate with existing stakeholders within the SID to gather their input and gauge their support for the expansion. The HDSID would then communicate with the prospective members to assess their opinions on the expansion.

c) Local Government Approval: City council would need to approve of the expansion. The City Council would review the proposal outlining the benefits of expansion, the scope of services to be provided, and the economic impact on the broader community.

d) Legal Processes: Go over any legal processes associated with expanding the SID.

e) Develop a Budget: The HDSID would need to create a budget that outlines the financial implications of the expansion. The budget would include the projected costs for providing additional services and potential revenue sources.

f) Public Hearing: City will hold a public hearing to allow community members within the proposed expansion area to voice their opinions and concerns.

g) Notification and Outreach: the City would notify property owners and businesses within the proposed expansion area about the potential changes and ensure they are well-informed about the benefits and implications of joining the SID.

h) Implementation Plan: After the notification and outreach, we would develop a comprehensive plan for the implementation of services and programs within the expanded boundaries.

i) Final Approval: Presenting the finalized plan and addressing any concerns raised during the public hearing.

j) Implementation: Once approval is granted, the HDSID would implement the expansion plan.

Collaboration with local government officials, community members, and existing stakeholders is key to a successful expansion effort.

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