What is the Downtown St. Louis Community Improvement District (CID)?
The Downtown St. Louis Community Improvement District (CID) is a 180-square block area located within the core of Downtown that was established in 2000 by property owners who were committed to keeping the neighborhood cleaner, safer and more attractive. The CID supplements but does not replace City services. As an independent nonprofit organization, the CID operates as a 501(c)(3).
To contribute to the overall growth and success of Downtown St. Louis by supplementing City services in safety, maintenance, beautification, and public infrastructure. We seek to enhance the streetscape, creating a more positive experience, for those who visit, work, and live Downtown.
Our Core Values
Integrity, Inclusion & Equity, Communication & Collaboration, Reflective Innovation
For nearly 20 years, the CID has worked hard to make the Downtown core an attractive place for businesses, residents, and visitors. Supplementing City services has been the hallmark of our work – particularly in beautification and safety. Here are some examples:
- Through the Clean Team and landscaping services, we maintain street cleanliness by sweeping curbs and sidewalks, topping off trash cans, participate in a TerraCycle program, along with planting and maintaining trees, planters, and hanging baskets.
- CID funding provides resources for the only St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Bike Unit dedicated to a neighborhood in the City of St. Louis – the Downtown Bike Unit.
- The CID has catalyzed economic revitalization, including providing financial support for Arch Grants, T-Rex, and the many special events that bring thousands of people Downtown each year.
- During the COVID-19 pandemic shut-down, we gave $100,000 in grants to small businesses within the CID and $25,000 to CID restaurants to make meals for frontline hospital workers.
Funding that is allocated to the CID, through its approved assessment, is dispersed through various projects in specified services areas: maintenance, beautification, public infrastructure, and public safety. Property owners located within the CID boundaries determined these service areas via a comprehensive survey. The major projects and contributions carried out are approved by the CID Board of Directors.
Additional projects the CID has contributed to includes funding the Broadway and Washington Avenue traffic light arm, providing continuous additional secondary security officers, contributing to SMART City lighting advancements for Downtown.
Visiting Downtown? View a parking map, here.