[Editor’s note: we are resurfacing this post from 2019 to give some great context on how the SOMA West Community Benefit District was formed, and some of the hard work that went into forming it.]

Board of Supervisors votes to approve the formation of the largest community benefit district in the City to address cleaning and public safety, Mayor Breed to sign legislation

San Francisco, CA – Mayor London N. Breed, Supervisor Matt Haney, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and the SOMA West Steering Committee today announced the establishment of the SOMA West Community Benefit District (CBD). The SOMA West CBD is geographically the largest of the 17 CBDs citywide, and will help ensure a welcoming, clean, and economically vibrant local community.

“I am focused every day on keeping our communities clean, safe, and vibrant,” said Mayor Breed. “The formation of the SOMA West CBD demonstrates that these neighbors, merchants, property owners, and stakeholders are committed to meeting the challenges we see on our streets every day. I am proud that they have come together to work collaboratively to improve their neighborhood, and I am committed to working with them to make our streets cleaner and safer for everyone.”

The SOMA West CBD was formed after a majority vote was cast by property owners in the area based off weighted assessments, and the Board of Supervisors today voted to approve the formation. It will raise approximately $3.74 million per year in special assessments from those properties to carry out its management plan over the next 15 years. The boundaries of the District include approximately 2,765 parcels located on approximately 100 whole blocks, including blocks and partial blocks bounded by 5th Street and 6th Street on the east, Minna Street and Folsom Street on the north, South Van Ness Avenue and the U.S. Highway 101 Freeway on the west, and Townsend Street on the south.

Read more here: https://sfmayor.org/article/community-forms-soma-west-community-benefit-district

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