Special Improvement District proposed for Athens

Property owners in a portion of uptown Athens may have an opportunity to join a special improvement district to provide funding for enhancement of the area.

Special Improvement Districts are private organizations established when over 60 percent of property owners agree to join forces and pool funds for projects determined by an overarching SID board of directors. Those projects could be anything from sidewalk improvements to snow and gum removal, as well as planting flowers and other visual improvements.

One possible use of the SID that’s been discussed would be to install free, public Wi-Fi for the uptown area. No specific projects have been promised, as the SID has yet to be additionally be approved by Athens City Council.

The proposed district would stretch vertically from Carpenter to President Streets, and horizontally from College to Congress Streets. (This would not include the residential areas of those streets.)

Click here to read the rest of the article in the Athens Messenger.