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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. Learn more about what we do in our 2021-2022 Annual Report here.
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
David Iassogna, Vice Chair
People’s United, a division of M&T Bank
Eric Gross, Treasurer
John Broadcannon, LLC
Robert Schneider, Secretary
Jimmy’s A & N, LLC, Ex Officio
Downtown Strategic Group
AMS Real Estate
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. The meetings are held in person at the DSSD office (938 Broad Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604), as well as by video and telephone conference: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89989743156?pwd=P8um1chOUdAj3QT3pf2j_Gp_3v_CC3.1; Meeting ID: 899 8974 3156, Passcode: 546706; Dial in: (929) 205-6099.
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. Materials for the September 14, 2022 meeting accessible here.
Special + Standing Committees
The Downtown Special Services District 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: 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.
The meetings take place at the DSSD office (938 Broad Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604) and via video and telephone conference.
January 2022 // 01-12-22 Board Minutes
February 2021 // 02-09-22 Board Minutes
March 2022 // 03-09-22 Board Minutes
April 2022 // 04-13-22 Board Minutes
May 2022 // ANNUAL MEETING – 05-11-22 Annual Mtg Minutes
June 2022 // 06-08-22 Board Minutes
July 2022 // 07-13-22 + 07-19-22 Board Minutes
August 2022 // 08-10-22 Board Minutes-draft
September 2022 // Materials for the September 14, 2022 meeting accessible here.
October 2022 // Meeting date: October 12, 2022
November 2022 // Meeting date: November 9, 2022
December 2022 // Meeting date: December 14, 2022
January 2021 // 01-13-21 Board Minutes
February 2021 // 02-10-21 Board Minutes
March 2021 // 03-10-21 Board Minutes
April 2021 // 04-14-21 Board Minutes
May 2021 // 05-12-21 Annual Mtg Minutes
June 2021 // 06-09-21 Board Minutes
July 2021 // 07-14-21 Board Minutes
September 2021 // 09-08-21 Board Minutes
October 2021 // 10-13-21 Board Minutes
November 2021 // 11-10-21 Board Minutes
December 2021 // 12-08-21 Board Minutes
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