• About

    CONTACT:

    Katherine Gotsick, Executive Director

    katherine@maindempstermile.com

    847-448-0748 (M)

    background

    In 2014, over 60 small businesses located in Southeast Evanston signed a petition in support of investigating the creation of a Special Service Area for the commercial districts that currently make up the Chicago/Dempster business district and the Main Street business district. A Special Service Area (SSA) is defined by Illinois State Statute as a contiguous area within a municipality or county in which special services are provided in addition to those services provided generally throughout the municipality or county. Special services include things like landscaping, advertising, public art, and extra garbage collections. The special services are paid from revenues collected from taxes levied or imposed upon property within that area.

    A steering committee made up of area business and property owners worked with consultant to hold a series of 3 public meetings to seek feedback from the community about the proposal. Based on the feedback by residents, businesses, and property owners, a proposed budget and tax cap were developed and presented to the Evanston City Council. The City Council adopted the ordinances establishing the SSA during the summer of 2015.

     

    Click on the map for a more detailed view of SSA boundaries.

  • SSA Board Members

    If you would like to apply to serve on the Main-Dempster Mile Board of Directors, CLICK HERE. Eligibility requirements: Serve on a committee, attend three committee meetings and one Board of Directors meeting.

     

    Eric Young

    President

    Lucky Platter & La Principal

     

    term expires: 2018

    Alice George

    Vice President, Placemaking Committee Chair

    Sketchbook Brewing Co.

     

    term expires: 2018

    Rogie Sussman

    Treasurer

    Vogue Fabrics

     

    term expires: 2019

    Jaime Leonardi

    Secretary

    Stumble & Relish

     

    term expires: 2018

    Gail Horvath

    Resident

     

    term expires: 2019

    Yun Park

    Ben Schapiro

    Everyday Cycles & Motion

     

    term expires: 2019

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