What is The Loop?
We’re a collection of doers. We learn, we fix, we build. Now we’re taking that same DIY approach to improving The Loop. No longer satisfied being a quick route through town, we’re building on our strengths and creating a corridor of learning opportunities, creative endeavors, and economic engines—all with the same get-it-done attitude we’re known for.
What is a Community Improvement District?
The core principle of a Community Improvement District is that the people within the district choose to invest in the area to provide services over and above what the city can provide. It’s not a substitute for city investment but an opportunity for the city and The Loop to work together on key issues.
What are the boundaries?
The Loop spans the length of Business Loop 70 from I70 on the west to College Avenue on the east. The district itself includes only the properties with frontage along the Business Loop because our focus is on improving the public space along the corridor. (You’ll notice on the map though that the parcels themselves vary significantly in size, from very large to quite small.)
While we want to increase linkages to the surrounding residential neighborhoods, many of those areas already have strong neighborhood associations so The Loop was designed to focus instead on the commercial properties. View our map.
What are your goals?
We have a lot to accomplish and are focusing on several key areas: beautification, public safety, economic development, marketing and events, and advocacy. However, this is just a start. Our goal is to work with people on The Loop and in the community to add some specifics this list of projects. It should be noted that any improvements we make are to the public space, not to private property. For more information, read the Petition and Bylaws and take a look at our 5-Year Plan.
How is The Loop funded?
If everyone who uses The Loop contributes a little, we’ll be able to accomplish big things. Already, MODoT and the City of Columbia are investing in infrastructure projects for the corridor. The petition that was voted on and approved by both the property owners and the City Council provides for a property assessment and a 1/2 cent sales tax. Registered voters in the district later voted to support a 1/2 cent sales tax.
How can I get involved?
Whether you’re located on The Loop, near The Loop, or are simply interested in helping us improve, we want you involved. Our board meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at 8:00 am at the Parkade Center. Our meetings are open to all and soon we’ll be asking for your input on ways we can enhance this key corridor. Find out more about our meetings and meet our board.