Below is a narrative of the services provided to Capitol Hill Property Owners during the 2nd Quarter of Year 5 of the Business Improvement District.
Administrative responsibilities for the Capitol Hill BID remain under the guidance of Jorge Hernandez and Donna Cervantes. Gene Lavastida, principal/owner of Prime Architects was nominated to the Board in November and received approval, making 12 current Board Members. The Board of Directors met November 14th at Metro Tech Business Center South office to view the latest Plaza drawings as well as proposed building materials in a presentation prepared by Prime Architects.
Advertising and Promotion
The first “district-wide” Commercial District leader’s meeting, organized by the Planning office, was held at Grill on the Hill restaurant on October 15. Representatives from other OKC districts including the Paseo, Plaza, Uptown, and Stockyards met to ask questions of City staff and share their strategies for success. On Dec. 5, another group of visitors were welcomed at Grill on the Hill for a ULI (Urban Land Institute) lunch presentation by Jorge Hernandez and Gene Lavastida to hear about our district and the revised plans for the Plaza. Both meetings were a great opportunity to introduce “Calle Dos Cinco” and to show off recent and planned improvements to those who had not been in the Capitol Hill area for years.
The Promotions Committee, in partnership with the Capitol Hill Library, OCCC, El Nacional, Community Action Agency, and John Ireland Funeral Home hosted the first “Haunt the Hill” event on October 31 as a safe and fun Halloween event for families. Colorful flyers were distributed to local elementary schools and the event was promoted through our website and Facebook. The street was closed for the evening, allowing kids to safely mingle and enjoy great decorations, fun games, and lots of treats offered by the local businesses, many of which went all out with costumes and surprises. There was also a taco truck, DJ, and our local Capitol Hill Fire Station had their ladder truck on display. Attendance exceeded expectations as over 1000 kids and families attended, and we anticipate that next year’s event is sure to grow.
Following the successful October event, the Committee worked with the library, Boys and Girls Club, and Templo Alabanza to offer a community Christmas event. It was originally planned to feature the Santa Fe South and Capitol Hill High School choirs and to coincide with the library’s open house event on Dec. 7, but a harsh ice storm forced us to reschedule to Dec. 14. Although the date change caused the school choirs to drop-out, the concert went on beautifully with talent from the church and other soloists.
Landscape maintenance is provided by U.S. Lawns under a contract that runs from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. 15 landscape beds are maintained as follows: SW 25th and Robinson – 4 beds; SW 25th and Harvey – 4 beds; SW 25th and Hudson – 4 beds; SW 25th and Walker – 3 beds.
This December, holiday decorations returned to the district as tree lights were placed at SW 25th and Harvey and festive garland and wreaths were hung on poles at each intersection from SW 25th and Walker to SW 25th and Robinson.
Street Clean Up
Trash removal is provided on a weekly basis by Event Productions along 25th St. from Walker to Broadway, as well as the portion of Harvey, Hudson, and Robinson from 24th St. to 26th St. and crews respond to calls for graffiti removal as needed.
Randy Quiroga-King, President
Capitol Hill Main Street Board of Directors