WHAT’S NEW FOR NEW CITY AMERICA – UPDATED IN August 2019
On July 16th, 2019, New City America successfully formed its 83rd Community Benefit District, this time in the historic Financial District and Jackson Square in San Francisco. After working on this effort for many years, the San Francisco Financial District was approved by over 70% support from the property owners in this historic district. The San Francisco Financial District and Jackson Square are perhaps the oldest and most established business districts on the west coast.
New City America has been awarded a contract to work under the City Manager in Oxnard California. Marco Li Mandri will be working with City Manager Alex Nguyen to work on Economic Development initiatives including attracting new businesses and property owners to Downtown Oxnard;
New City America has been awarded a contract to administer the newly formed Downtown Downey Community Benefit District. Downtown Downey property owners overwhelmingly approved this new property assessment district in the summer of 2018. Downey is a growing city with a vibrant Downtown just south of Downtown Los Angeles.
New City America has been awarded a contract to administer the newly formed Downtown Hayward Community Benefit District. Downtown Hayward is the heart of the San Francisco East Bay area and is undergoing tremendous growth as a historic district and transit-oriented community adjacent to a BART station. Dominic Li Mandri will serve as the District Manager of the Association.
New City America President Marco Li Mandri was recently featured in an article in Forbes Magazine based upon New City America’s work in San Diego’s Little Italy District. Forbes rated Little Italy as cone of the most improved neighborhoods in the country over the past decade.
New City America has been awarded a contract to investigate the feasibility for a new Community Benefit District in Downtown Anaheim. Downtown Anaheim is increasingly growing into a great urban center for Orange County, provided a dynamic counterpoint to the Resort area around Disneyland. The new Downtown is filled with entrepreneurial and cutting-edge restaurants, new housing and new public spaces. The investigative phase of this contract will be completed in early 2019.
New City America has been awarded a contract to form a new Community Benefit District along the West End of El Cajon Blvd in San Diego. After 60 years of very little economic development, this west end of El Cajon Blvd is booming with hundreds of new residential units under construction of in the planning stages. This district will comprise two distinct business districts, the West End and the new “Central Park Blvd” district. The district is planned to be established by the early summer of 2019.
New City America has been awarded a contract to form a new Community Benefit District, this time in Downtown Millbrae in the Bay Area. Downtown Millbrae is the last southern stop on the BART station, adjacent to San Francisco International Airport. Its Downtown is filled with many creative retailers and shops and has a huge growth potential around its large BART station.
New City America has been awarded a contract to investigate the creation of a new Community Benefit District for Downtown Ontario California. Anchored by the historic and beautiful Euclid Avenue leading up to Mt. Baldy, Downtown Ontario is going under rapid change with the emphasis on new market rate residential, within a mile of a key Metrolink station to Downtown Los Angeles.
On July 31st, New City America successfully established its 82nd Community Benefit District (BID), this time in Downtown Glendale California. This was an expansion and renewal of the current Downtown Glendale CBD formed in 2013 by New City America. New City America has managed this district since 2014 and has seen over 1,000 residential units and scores of new retail and commercial offices open since that time. Downtown Glendale is becoming the city center of the San Gabriel Valley surpassing even the successful Old Town Pasadena in the minds of many.
On July 24th, New City America successfully established its 81st Community Benefit District, (BID), this time in Downtown Downey California. Downtown Downey is strategically local equidistant to Disneyland, the LA Convention Center and LA Live and the LA World Airport. With new market rate housing just opening, Downtown Downey will become the urban center of the region within five year. Property owners supported formation of the District by a margin of over 3 to 1.
On July 17th, New City America successfully established its 80th Community Benefit District (BID), this time in Downtown Santa Rosa in Sonoma County. Santa Rosa was devasted by the spectacular fires in the Fall of 2017, leading to over 3,000 structures destroyed and over 40 people killed. The City has bounced back from this tragedy and Downtown is redeveloping itself with a new train station to Marin County, new hotels, new planned residential, all anchored by Courthouse Square – its key public space in the middle of Downtown. Property owners supported formation of the district by a vote of over 4 to 1.
On July 10th, New City America successfully established its 79th Community Benefit District (BID), this time in Downtown Hayward California. Anchored by a BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit District) stop, Downtown Hayward is poised to become one of the most dynamic, high growth Transit Oriented Districts in the entire East Bay Area in the next five years. There are over 500 new residential units in the planning stage or under construction. Property owners supported the district by a vote of 4 to 1.
In March of 2018, the widely-anticipated Piazza della Famiglia, in the heart of San Diego’s Little Italy, was opened to the public. A joint project between the Little Italy Association, HG Fenton, and the City of San Diego, the Piazza is a 10,000 square foot public space built on a vacated block in the center of the Little Italy business district. The Piazza will be fully opened with all stores and restaurants lining it sometime later in 2018. The Piazza has already been visited and enjoyed by thousands of residents of Little Italy, business owners and visitors alike.
In November of 2017, the Little Italy Association, a district managed by New City America, unveiled its new “Piazza Pescatore”. The Piazza is dedicated to the fishing families that made Little Italy the tuna capital of the world until the 1970s and was funded by Bumblebee Tuna, many local Italian and Portuguese fishing families, and the Little Italy Association. This dedication marked the third Piazza in San Diego’s Little Italy.
On July 17th, 2017, a featured article by Marco Li Mandri was carried in Entrepreneur Magazine Online and profiled 6 Reasons “Why CBDs Can Greatly Improve a Business District and Mixed-Use Community”. The article has already received an international response with interested property owners seeking how such a program can be established in their county.