North Philly residents and developers packed City Hall Council chambers today to testify on a proposal that would establish a Neighborhood Improvement District near Temple.
The measure came after City Council President Darrell Clarke said he received complaints about trash, Temple students partying into the night and developers dumping construction debris in the area.
Clarke said the District would help pay for additional services including security, streetscaping and cleaning services. Landlords would be asked to pay up to an additional 10 percent fee real-estate tax to fund the district.
During Council’s rules committee hearing, Clarke amended some of the controversial language in the bill that would have given more voting power to Temple and the landlords. Some of the proposed changes include an increased community representation on the board of directors and equal voting power.