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What We Do
As the Business Improvement District for the Park City, the mission of the Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District (DSSD) is to promote the preservation and development of the downtown business district; make the area more attractive and accessible; and enhance the public perception of downtown Bridgeport through overseeing and managing its appearance, security, and cleanliness. The DSSD is operated under the direction of a nine member Board of Commissioners representing property owners in downtown Bridgeport.
What is a Downtown Special Services District?
A Special Services District is one type of special taxing district Connecticut law authorizes. Under Connecticut General Statute, a municipality can form a Special Services District to promote the economic and general welfare of its citizens and property owners through the preservation, enhancement, protection, and development of the economic health of the municipality. Among other things, the district can (1) acquire and convey real and personal property; (2) provide any service that a municipality can provide, other than education; (3) recommend to the municipality’s legislative body that it impose a separate tax on property in the district to support its operations; and (4) build, own, maintain, and operate public improvements. Voters in the district must approve its establishment at a referendum. Learn more on the Connecticut General Assembly’s website.
We bolster the sense of culture and community in the heart of Downtown through open space beautification, our friendly team of Ambassadors who keep the district clean and safe, and a diverse array of activities, including the Color It In program and the Downtown Farmers Market.
The Downtown is bounded on the east by the Pequonnock River, by Route 8 on the west, by Interstate 95 to the south, and by East Washington Avenue to the north.
Staff + Board
Philip Pires, Chair
C&W Associates II, LLP
Kim Morque, Vice Chair
Main State Ventures LLC
Eric Gross, Treasurer
John Broadcannon, LLC
Robert Schneider, Secretary
Jimmy’s A & N, LLC, Ex Officio
AMS Real Estate
People’s United Bank
Forstone Capital, LLC
Bordentown DB, LLC
Bridgeport DSSD Staff
Lauren Coakley Vincent
President + CEO
The Downtown Special Services District Board of Commissioners meets monthly, on the second Wednesday of the month at 4:00pm. Meetings are open to the public. While we need to maintain appropriate social distancing protocols, the general public may participate in monthly board meetings via Zoom video conference: https://zoom.us/j/3710336467, Meeting ID: 371 033 6467.
The agenda for each meeting will be:
- Call to Order
- Recognition of Guests
- Approval of Minutes
- Treasurer’s Report
- Report from the City
- President’s Report
- Reports of Standing and Special Committees
- Old Business
- New Business
Meeting documents will be available at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. Documents for the February 10, 2021 meeting are accessible here.
Special + Standing Committees
The Downtown Special Services District (DSSD) also has special and standing committees, which meet on a monthly basis. Their regularly scheduled meetings are held in the DSSD office, open to the public, and set as follows:
Executive Committee: First Wednesday of each month at 12:00 p.m.
Physical Conditions: Last Friday of each month at 8:00 a.m.
Public Safety: Last Friday of each month at 8:30 a.m.
Special Events + Marketing: First Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m.
While we need to maintain appropriate social distancing protocols, the general public may participate in monthly Special and Standing Committee meetings via Zoom video conference: https://zoom.us/j/3710336467, Meeting ID: 371 033 6467.
January 2021 // 01-13-21 Board Minutes-draft
February 2021 // 02-10-21 Meeting materials accessible here
January 2020 // 01-15-20 Board Minutes
February 2020 // 02-12-20 Board Minutes
March 2020 // 03-11-20 Board Minutes
April 2020 // 04-08-20 Board Minutes
May 2020 // 05-13-20 Annual Mtg Minutes
June 2020 // 06-10-20 Board Minutes
July 2020 // 07-08-20 Board Minutes
August 2020 // 08-12-20 Board Minutes
October 2020 // 10-14-20 Board Minutes
November 2020 // 11-11-20 Board Minutes
December 2020 // 12-09-20 Board Minutes
January 2019 // PDF Download
February 2019 // PDF Download
March 2019 // PDF Download
April 2019 // PDF Download
May 2019 // PDF Download
June 2019 // PDF Download
July 2019 // PDF Download
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November 2019 // PDF Download
December 2019 // PDF Download