Downtown improvement district up for renewal

Columbus' downtown Business Improvement District that puts crews of purple-clad street cleaners and Uptown Ambassadors patrolling the central business district has ended its first four-year term.

It started Jan. 1, 2005, and if it's not renewed, will expire at the end of this year.

So Columbus Council will hold a public hearing on renewing the ordinance establishing the BID at its meeting next Tuesday. Once renewed, the BID will be good for another four years, from Jan. 1, 2010, to Dec. 31, 2014.

The BID collects an added percentage of property taxes to fund its operations.

The BID's boundaries run roughly from 18th Street to Eighth Street and from Veterans Parkway to the Chattahoochee River.