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Business Improvement District

The West Vernor & Springwells Business Improvement District (BID) was passed by property owners in 2007, making it the first BID in Michigan! The aim of the BID is to use collective resources to improve the commercial district and make it a place where people want to visit and shop


2017 BID Annual Report

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Getting things done is never a solo activity. When it comes to getting things done in conjunction with an initiative like the Business Improvement District, teamwork is especially vital. Here’s how the SDBA Works with the BID Board to make positive things happen in Southwest Detroit:

  • Based on their experiences and work during the formalization process, SDBA was contracted in July 2009 as the administrator of the West Vernor & Springwells Business Improvement District<
  • At the direction of the BID Board of Directors, the SDBA manages the day-to-day operations of BID, including maintaining city communications, leveraging additional resources and services, managing the budget, and overseeing BID services
  • Daily interaction with BID business and property owners to solve a diverse set of issues like safety, zoning, and permits
  • The Clean Team works three days a week, eight hours per day, and sweeps debris from the sidewalks, curb lines, and street. In the first half of 2009 alone, the Clean Team removed over 36,000 gallons of trash
  • The Graffiti Removal Team works five days a week, 4-5 hours per day, and removes graffiti by painting or powerwashing. The Graffiti Removal Team removed more than 3,500 instances of graffiti.
  • The Litter basket Maintenance Team maintains 65 litter baskets placed through the BID on a weekly basis
  • The work of the BID continues to make the District a place that customers want to shop, and businesses want to be.


Click here for by-laws in English

Click here for by-laws in Spanish

The 2019-20 BID Board
La Junta Directiva del BID 2019-2020

Jason Ghannam, Chair 
Paul’s Pizza

Ahmad Hasan,1st  Vice Chair
Nice Price

Yolanda Morales, 2nd  Vice Chair
Morales Enterprise

Anne Shipley, Treasurer
Brown’s Bun Bakery

Gregory Borg
B&B Apartments

Ninfa Cancel, Mayoral Appointee
City of Detroit- Department of Neighborhoods

Mark Elia 
Family Care Medical Center

Mike Fienman
E&L Supermercado

Jami Hawari
O&J Holdings LLC

Jose Antonio Lopez
Lopez Tire

Nelson Ortiz
D&L Hardware

Rodrigo Padilla
El Nacimiento Restaurant

Jim Saucedo
State Farm Insurance