An afternoon here is a date with the good life. – Vancouver Magazine, 2010
Located mere minutes from downtown Vancouver and easily accessible from all over the Lower Mainland, South Granville is a neighbourhood where Vancouver comes to taste the best, find their style, live well and indulge themselves. South Granville is where you’ll find something for everyone—the aspiring interior designer, the power-shopper, the spa lover, the
food and wine connoisseur—the list is endless.
The City assists by helping the merchants and landlords to form BIAs. Once a BIA is formed, it is managed by a volunteer board of property owners and tenants, which uses BIA funds to hire staff and implement BIA activities.
BIAs obtain funding through a special property levy, much like a Local Improvement Levy. The City has an ongoing role: facilitating the annual funding process, collecting the levy from
Each property owner’s share of the annual BIA budget is proportionate to their share of the total taxable value within the BIA boundaries. In other words, if an owner owns one percent of the total taxable assessed value, their share will be one percent of the BIA budget.
In most lease agreements, property owners pass on this cost to the business tenants.
In the late 1960’s, Toronto’s inner city was struggling with suburban sprawl as commuting cars began to fill up once vital commercial streets. A few volunteer merchant associations existed but they were not very successful, since budgets tend to be quite minimal. Street-front commercial areas were suffering as malls were increasing in popularity.
Bloor Street West merchants got together to look into how they could compete with “the mall.” They found that all mall tenants were required to contribute Common Area Maintenance Fees, which were used for promotions to draw in customers.
They then worked with City of Toronto to develop a special BIA levy – so that individual merchants could pool their resources in a similar way, and create effective marketing programs.
Vancouver’s first BIAs were formed in 1989 – in Gastown and Mount Pleasant, for similar reasons to Bloor West.
Today’s BIAs do more than provide a common brand and voice for businesses. We also benefit the broader communities and the city as a whole through our contributions to street beautification, street safety, community events and sponsorships.
Through partnerships with other organizations and support to city departments, BIAs also are a catalyst for positive change, helping to address broader planning, economic and social initiatives.
Every BIA is unique in their focus, priorities and approach… just like the businesses they represent.
The SGBIA is not the first merchant association in our area. More than sixty years ago, at a luncheon meeting at the I.O.O.F. Hall on West 8th Avenue, a “business men’s association of the
In what the Province newspaper called “an ambitious scheme”, they agreed to decorate eleven blocks of South Granville street with streamers, flags and a special Royal welcome banner, stretched across Granville at 12th Avenue. The cost for the project was $450.00.
Making South Granville Safe
Telling the South Granville Story
Whether it is efforts to preserve our unique history or making the foray into the new world of social media, the South Granville BIA is there.
Keeping our history alive is a huge priority for the SGBIA. Time capsules, legacy plaques, history walks and centennial celebrations form a rich back story to some of the greatest shopping in the city.
Speaking for our South Granville Members
Business owners are often overwhelmed with the day to day operations of their own businesses. All too often, issues of concern are common to many and this is where the BIA can serve its members in a profound and positive way.
Property taxation is always a topic of conversation amongst Vancouver business owners – for good reason. Vancouver businesses have the highest property tax rates in the country. The SGBIA is a founding member of the Vancouver Fair Tax Coalition. For the past 5 years, the VFTC has been working to bring business property taxes in line with regional average in the Metro Vancouver Region.
This past year, the coalition was instrumental and successful in influencing city council to approve another 1% tax shift. This has resulted in a cumulative tax savings to Vancouver businesses of over $114 million dollars in the past 4 years. While it is not remotely enough to solve the problem it is a positive step in the right direction to maintain a healthy Vancouver economy.
Canada Line completion brought significant changes to South Granville and its transit services. The SGBIA has been working closely with Translink to leverage the opportunity for the easing of parking restrictions. The SGBIA is now representing the interests of South Granville in the early planning of the Broadway Rapid Transit Plan. This advocacy role will be critical as we have witnessed impacts of construction in the Cambie corridor.
The SGBIA continues to be an active member of the Vancouver Partnership, representing all 20 BIAs in the City of Vancouver. The group addresses issues of common concern and lobbies local government to consider the interests of the business community in its planning and policy creation.
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