Committee creating petition for business improvement district

By Ashley Rader

Work toward starting a business improvement district in downtown Elizabethton continues as city staff members work to complete a petition to show support for the project.

Director of Planning and Development Jon Hartman said the committee working on the district is meeting regularly and is drafting a petition to circulate among the property owners in downtown Elizabethton for those who support the district to sign.

Before the petition is finalized and presented to business owners, the downtown improvement plan will be reviewed to give estimates for what the improvements to the downtown district would cost.

“We are about a month away from a finalized petition that is ready to sign,” Hartman said.

Hartman said the planning department was continuing the education process about the BID to keep the property owners informed with the process. He said one option would be to bring in guest speakers from areas that have established districts.