Programs

The SSA offers a variety of programs to help support local businesses. Some of those highlighted programs include its commitment to combating acid etching and graffiti. SSA #39 has a contract with a graffiti removal specialist that removes graffiti/acid etching without destroying or replacing windows on a continual basis. The SSA is currently experimenting with new ways to protect your properties from vandalism and has already implemented and researched more methods to prevent and solve the problem. To date, the SSA has repaired over 1000 storefront windows and doors.

The SSA has also delivered over $205,000 in rebates for storefront fa├žade improvements since 2013 and is expecting to issue another $75,000 in rebates this year for building improvements. Access to radio and newspaper advertising has been provided to all businesses in the SSA willing to participate. Advertising can be in the form of seasonal promotions or through the SSA advertising rebate program, which covers 50% of advertising costs. In addition to these services, landscaping projects on an unprecedented scale are being attempted in Brighton Park & Archer Heights. Existing landscaping project sites along Kedzie Avenue and the intersection at 47th & Archer Avenue will continue to be maintained.

The crown jewel of SSA #39 is the drafting of a district study of the service area. The purpose of the study was to determine the best course of action to attract developments to the area, set land use goals, enhance physical conditions at the building and street level, improve parking, create a more pedestrian-friendly environment, and bring innovative and feasible ideas to the retail district; the plan also contains a traffic engineering study to help assess traffic circulation and traffic issues affecting the district. The district plan will form a documented vision for the future of the SSA #39 retail district.

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