About the Bid

BID Overview

The Downtown Denver Business Improvement District is a public organization funded by private commercial property owners.  The 120 block District provides a clean, safe and vibrant Downtown environment for workers, residents and visitors.  Through annual assessments paid to this quasi – governmental entity, BID property owners fund a series of district-wide programs that enhance Downtown Denver, including cleaning and maintenance efforts, safety initiatives, targeted visitor marketing, economic development and holiday programs. 

Through and intergovernmental agreement with the City and County of Denver, the BID enhances basic City wide services through the District.  The BID contracts with the Downtown Denver Partnership for management services.  Through DDP, the BID’s work plan is implemented. 

There are approximately 370(need to check) private commercial property owners in the BID. The BID’s boundaries extend from Speer Boulevard to 20th Street, and from Wewatta Street to Grant Street.

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History of the BID
Created in 1982 as the Mall Management District (MMD), the BID was formed in 1992 upon the sunset of the MMD’s charter. At its formation in 1982, the bulk of the BID’s day-to-day cleaning and maintenance services were provided on the 16th Street Mall. In November 2001, Downtown commercial property owners approved an increased budget that allowed core cleaning services-including sidewalk sweeping, trash removal, and graffiti removal-to be extended throughout the 120-block district. Additionally, the Lower Downtown extension of the 16th Street Mall between Market Street Station and Wynkoop Street received additional enhancements such as flower planting, landscaping, tree maintenance and snow removal.

Delivery of enhanced services on the Lower Downtown extension of the 16th Street Mall began on January 1, 2002, with core cleaning and maintenance services extended to the remainder of the 120-block district on May 1, 2002.

The BID’s authority sunsets every ten years.  In October 2011, Downtown property owners approved the renewal of the BID’s authority for another 10 years period.

How property owners are assessed

BID Property owners are assessed on an annual basis.  Calculations reflect a separation of BID activities into 16th Street Mall-related activity and District-wide activity.  Assessments are allocated to benefit zones based on benefits received from both types of activity.  Benefits received from Mall-related activity decrease as distance from the Mall increases, whereas benefits from District-wide activity are constant across the District.  The sum of these two factors is represented by the Price Per Assessable Square Foot by zone listed below. 


There are 12 benefit zones within the BID, and each benefit zone is responsible for a percentage of the total budget.  Assessments are based on Net Assessable Square Feet, which are calculated using land square footage and 15% of the building square footage minus any special zoning discounts. Special zoning discounts apply to properties located in B-7 (33% discount) and R-4 (60% discount) zones.

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The mathematical formula used to calculate the BID assessment is:


[(LSF + 15% BSF) * SZD] * PPSF = BID Assessment


where:                    LSF = Land Square Footage

BSF = Building Square Footage

SZD = Special Zoning Discount

PPSF = Price Per Assessable Square Foot


The 2012 Prices Per Assessable Square Foot are:


Zone 1                                       $.497991

Zone 2                                       $.376243

Zone 3                                       $.320060

Zone 4                                       $.276557

Zone 5                                       $.224618

Zone 6                                       $.394709

Zone 7                                       $.361117

Zone 8                                       $.290627

Zone 9                                       $.265256

Zone 10                                     $.224624

Zone 11                                     $.187560

Zone 12                                     $.186126


Insert Map of the District zones

BID Board

There are 7 BID Board members. Board members represent varying types of properties throughout the District.  Board members are elected to a 3 year term and can serve 2 consecutive terms. 

2013 Downtown Denver Business Improvement District Board of Directors

Ed Blair – Chair

The Oxford Hotel

(Small Property Owner)


Josh Fine – Vice Chair

Focus Property Group

(Unimproved Property Owner)


Josh Comfort – Treasurer

Real Estate Development Services

(B7 Property Owner)


Susan Cantwell – Secretary

The Gart Companies

(Retail Property Owner)


Kevin McCabe

Newmark Knight Frank Frederick Ross

(Office Property Owner)


Dorit Fischer

NAI Shames Makovsky

(B5 Property Owner)


Myra Napoli

REIT Management & Research

(Large Property Owner)


Rick Kron

Grimshaw & Harring P.C.

(Legal Advisor)


The BID Board meets on the 1st Thursday of every month, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. in the Downtown Denver Partnership boardroom. Please contact Kathy Luciano at Kluciano@downtowndenver.com for meeting details or to be included on the mailing list.

Core Priorities and budget

In 2013 the BID’s total budget is $__________.  The detailed budget is attached

                  Clean and Safe

                  A clean and safe environment helps create a great first impression for your prospective tenants and enhances the value of your property. The BID provides daily sidewalk cleaning and trash removal

services throughout the 120 block District. We deploy uniformed Downtown Ambassadors who provide

a safe and welcoming presence for visitors. The BID also funds social service outreach to reduce

homelessness and additional police officers to enhance safety and discourage anti-social behavior. For more information…….. 

                                    Pedestrian EnvironmentCreating an inviting pedestrian environment to stimulate economic activity is a primary goal of the BID. This is why the BID invests in trees, flower planters, streetscape enhancements, banners, and wayfinder signs throughout the District, as well as in activities and events on the 16th Street Mall and in Skyline Park.

                  16th Street Mall – Right-of-way programs

                                    Vending – Marketplace on the Mall

                                    Special events

                                    Sidewalk Café

                                    Horse Drawn Carriages

                                    Banner, poster, flyer program                    

          Economic Development & Research – The BID funds job retention and recruitment activities in order to remain competitive in the commercial real estate sector. Efforts include leasing assistance for real estate managers, brokers and building owners and dissemination of Downtown market-specific information. In addition, the BID is actively engaged in growing and enhancing Downtown Denver’s retail community through direct outreach to national retailers, as well as support of local real estate brokers and building owners.

                  Skyline Park – The BID works closely with the City and County of Denver to ensure that Skyline Park remains a safe and inviting destination. The BID funds supplementary maintenance and entertainment, and works with the City to market and encourage use of the park for special events.

Marketing and CommunicationsThe BID provides funding for targeted marketing and promotional efforts that benefit Downtown’s retailers, restaurants and hotels. These include the management of the web site www.Downtown- DenverBID.com and www.DowntownDenver.com, the Downtown Denver Map & Directory, the monthly event flyer, BID Happenings e-newsletter and The Urban Eye e-newsletter. The BID also helps fund several annual initiatives such as Employee Appreciation Week and Winter in the City, which highlight seasonal attractions and events and Downtown’s amenities.

                  HolidayThe BID funds the installation of holiday lighting and décor on the 16th Street Mall, Skyline Park, California Street and Curtis Street and helps support large scale events and campaigns that bring thousands of visitors to Downtown during the holiday season.