Director's Report – FY16 - Historic Capitol Hill

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Capitol Hill Business Improvement District Fourth Quarter – FY16. April through June 2016

Below is a narrative of the services provided to Capitol Hill Property Owners during the 4th Quarter of Year 7 of the Business Improvement District.

Administration: Q4 Expenses: $414.00

BID contract approved June; FY17 budget adopted. Econ Dev’t committee initiated talks with the OKC Alliance and is working with ULI to develop a plan for District improvements. BID owners are being contacted to identify properties for sale/lease; BID database nearly complete that improves tracking property information. Accepted to the OK Arts Council Cultural District Development program ($5K annual grant). Assisted in a grad student Capitol Hill planning project and district building survey. Working with a local citizen’s group and Parks Commission on proposal for Manuel Perez Park. Produce monthly e-newsletter featuring local BID business. Upcoming focus: ULI TAP; Fiestas de las Americas committee, Arts Council grant response.

Advertising and Promotion: Q4 Expenses: $4,668

Ran a shared ad in The Oklahoman two issues in April with Plaza District, featuring Fowler as mutual sponsor, to promote our Cinco de Mayo event. This event was a big success: cultural dance, youth art exhibit, games, food trucks, and through a new collaboration with local club, showcased youth boxing in the Yale. Promoted Cinco de Mayo and Fiesta Friday Summer Series with FB, radio spots, and monthly ads in the Gazette, El Nacional, and Hola OK! magazines. Our district was featured in 405 Magazine (April), the Gazette (June) and Fiesta Fridays were given spotlight articles in El Nacional and Hola OK! magazines.. Upcoming focus: Fiesta Friday Car Show – Aug. 26; Fiestas de las Americas – Oct. 1; Open Streets – Oct. 23.

Landscape Maintenance and Street Clean Up: Q4 Expenses: $3,423

This April’s OU Big Event provided 15 volunteers to plant and mulch flower beds, plant 3 trees, clean the vacant lot now used for Fiesta Fridays and paint 4 picnic tables that were permanently placed in the lot. Ms. Cervantes worked with City Planning to secure funding and approval for 5 bike racks to be installed in the District. OG&E contacted to add security lighting in alley for safety. First Maintenance, Inc. continues to provide landscape maintenance and street cleaning each week. City Action Line and OKCPD are contacted and quickly respond to any graffiti reports and district security concerns. Upcoming expenses: Bike racks and security lights.

Respectfully Submitted,
Donna Cervantes, Director Olde Capitol Hill Council, Inc.


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