What Is The Downtown Manchester Special Services District?

The Downtown Manchester Special Services District (DMSSD) is a special downtown taxing district created in 1991 under Chapter 105A of the Connecticut General Statues to promote the economic and general welfare of the citizens of Manchester and especially the property owners and tenants of the downtown district. Property owners pay an additional mill rate on real property that is set annually.  These additional funds are set-aside to be used to manage, maintain and promote the District.

Downtown District Boundaries

The Downtown District is a vibrant, mixed-use district of retail, office and residential life comprised of approx. 134 properties. It is situated at the geographical and historic center of Manchester. District boundaries run north to south along Main Street from Center Street to Hartford Road, a distance of some 4100 linear feet. District boundaries on the east side of Main Street extend approximately one block east of Main Street.

History

The Downtown Manchester Special Services District was established by a referendum of downtown property owners in 1991 in response to changing economic conditions. Construction of Buckland Hills Mall, a total reconstruction of Main Street and deterioration of the built environment in the downtown were all catalysts for action.

Governance

The DMSSD is governed by an 11 member board of commissioners. The board is comprised of seven regular members, one alternate and three ex officio members as follows: the Town of Manchester Director of Planning and Economic Development, President of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and a representative from a church located in the District. Commissioners are elected every two years. Both property owners and tenants within the District are eligible to vote for commissioners.

Staff

The DMSSD employs a full time downtown manager who is responsible for the operation and promotion of the District. A part-time assistant provides administrative and special event support. A part-time parking constable, charged with monitoring and enforcing parking policies within the District, is also employed by the District.

Budget

The fiscal year for the DMSSD runs from July 1 to June 30. The board of commissioners adopts a budget for the upcoming year in January. The current budget for FY 08//09 is $248,857.

Services Offered

The DMSSD is responsible for the promotion and marketing of the District, business recruitment, parking management and supplemental maintenance and beautification efforts.

For additional information on the Downtown Manchester Special Services District please contact:
Tana Parseliti, Downtown Manager
Downtown Manchester Special Services District
983 Main Street Suite 10
Manchester, CT 06040
Phone: (860) 645-2101 Fax: (860) 645-5325
Email: tparseliti@manchesterct.gov