City of Trenton, NJ
Mercer County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Trenton as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Street vendors — See Ch. 206, Art. III.
Zoning and land development — See Ch. 315.
[Adopted 9-7-1967 as § 2-26 of the General Revised Ordinances]

§ 252-1 Findings.

A. 
The area hereinafter designated as a Special Improvement District would benefit from being so designated.
B. 
District Management Corporation would provide administrative and other services to benefit the businesses, employees, residents and consumers in the Special Improvement District.
C. 
A special assessment should be imposed and collected by the City with the regular property tax payment or payment in lieu of taxes or otherwise, and as hereinafter or hereafter designated by the City Council, all of those payments should be transferred to the District Management Corporation to effectuate the purposes of this chapter and to exercise the powers given it by this chapter.
D. 
It is in the best interest of the City of Trenton and the general public to create the Special Improvement District hereinafter specifically outlined and designated and to establish a District Management Corporation.

§ 252-2 Creation of Special Improvement District.

There is hereby created and designated within the City of Trenton a Special Improvement District to be known as "Trenton Downtown Association, Inc." comprising assessed parcels and properties hereinafter designated by street address and tax lot and block number, and including all public streets and sidewalks within the boundaries, set forth herein.

§ 252-3 Special assessment.

The Special Improvement District shall be subject to a special assessment on all affected property within the district, which shall be imposed by the City for the purposes of promoting the economic and general welfare of the district and the City. The Special Improvement District shall be subject to a special assessment of a maximum of 4.5% of the annual real property tax, or charges in lieu of taxes imposed on the assessable property within the district, which shall be imposed by the City for the purposes of promoting the economic and general welfare of the district.

§ 252-4 Continuing assessment.

The improvements in the Special Improvement District will involve annual costs in addition to the cost of constructing and making improvements. Such annual costs which relate to maintenance services peculiar to the Special Improvement District, and distinguished from maintenance services normally provided by the City, shall be deemed to provide benefits primarily to the properties included in the district rather than to the City as a whole. The improvements and the facilities thereof shall be maintained and operated pursuant to the provisions of this chapter and to N.J.S.A. 40:56-65, and the costs thereof shall be assessed or taxed to the affected properties pursuant to this chapter. The City Council, by separate ordinance or by amendment to this chapter, may provide that improvements and facilities hereinafter acquired or developed shall be operated and maintained and the costs taxed and assessed to the properties in the Special Improvement District.

§ 252-5 Benefit of assessment.

All costs of development, on construction and acquisition relating to the provision of improvements for the Special Improvement District, should benefit the private, nonresidential properties included in the district. Subject to the limitations of spending authority and powers limited herein, all cost of development, construction and acquisition relating to the provision of improvements for the Special Improvement District shall be assessed and taxed to the properties within the district.

§ 252-6 Exemptions from special assessment.

A. 
The following classifications of property, as defined in N.J.A.C. 18:12-2.2, shall be exempt from the special assessment imposed under this chapter.
(1) 
Class 1: Vacant land.
(2) 
Class 2: Residential (four families or fewer).
(3) 
Class 4C: Apartment.
(4) 
Class 15A: Exempt public school.
(5) 
Class 15B: Exempt other school.
(6) 
Class 15C: Exempt public.
(7) 
Class 15D: Exempt charitable.
(8) 
Class 15E: Exempt cemetery.
(9) 
Class 15F: Other exempt.
B. 
The exemption from the special assessment for Class 15F shall be limited to residential property in that class.

§ 252-7 District boundaries.

The Special Improvement District shall include the properties listed by street address and by block and lot in the appendix attached hereto. The Special Improvement District shall also include all public streets and sidewalks within the following boundary:
Beginning at the southwest corner of Capital Street and Calhoun Street and then running westward along the southern curbline of Calhoun Street to its intersection with Route 29; and then
Southward along the eastern side of the right-of-way of Route 29 to its intersection with Bridge Street; and then
Eastward along the northern curbline of Bridge Street to its intersection with New Warren Street; and then
Northward along the western curbline of New Warren Street to its intersection with Livingston Street; and then
Eastward along the northern curbline of Livingston Street to its intersection with South Montgomery Street; and then
Northward along the eastern curbline of South Montgomery Street to its intersection with the Assunpink Creek; and then
Eastward along the northern side of the Assunpink Creek to its intersection with Wahlenberg Boulevard; and then
Northward along the western curbline of Wahlenberg Boulevard to its intersection with Wall Street; and then
Northward along the western curbline of Wall Street to its intersection with the rear property line of the properties facing on the north side of East State Street; and then
Westward along the rear property lines of the properties facing on the north side of East State Street to its intersection with North Clinton Avenue; and then
Southward along the eastern curbline of North Clinton Avenue to its intersection with East State Street; and then
Westward along the northern curbline of East State Street to its intersection with Ewing Street; and then
Northward along the western curbline of Ewing Street to its intersection with Gill Alley; and then
Westward along the southern curbline of Gill Alley to its intersection with Carroll Street; and then
Southward along the eastern curbline of Carroll Street to its intersection with East State Street; and then
Westward along the northern curbline of East State Street to its intersection with Canal Street; and then
Northward along the eastern curbline of Canal Street to its intersection with Merchants Street; and then
Westward along the northern curbline of Merchants Street to its intersection with North Stockton Street; and then
Northward along the western curbline of North Stockton Street to its intersection with Wood Street; and then
Westward along the southern curbline of Wood Street to its intersection with North Montgomery Street; and then
Northward along the western curbline of North Montgomery Street to its intersection with Olive Street; and then
Westward along the southern curbline of Olive Street to its intersection with North Broad Street; and then
Northward along the eastern curbline of North Broad Street to its intersection with Perry Street; and then
Westward along the southern curbline of Perry Street to its intersection with Bank Street; and then
Westward along the southern curbline of Bank Street to its intersection with Chancery Lane; and then
Southward along the eastern curbline of Chancery Lane to its intersection with Hanover Place; and then
Westward along the southern curbline of Hanover Place to its intersection with North Willow Street; and then
Southward along the western curbline of North Willow Street to its intersection with Capital Street; and then
Westward along the southern curbline of Capital Street to its intersection with Calhoun Street, which is also the place of beginning

§ 252-8 Report on assessments to City Council.

Concurrent with the submission of the plan for the Special Improvement District, and annually thereafter, the Business Administrator shall report to the City Council an estimate of changes in the amounts of such costs which would follow upon the adoption of any addition or amendment to the plan recommended to or under consideration by the City Council.

§ 252-9 Designation of District Management Corporation.

Trenton Downtown Association, Inc. shall be designated to be the District Management Corporation for the Special Improvement District herein created.

§ 252-10 Powers of District Management Corporation.

A. 
The District Management Corporation shall exercise the following powers:
(1) 
Adopt bylaws for the regulation of its affairs and the conduct of its business and to prescribe rules, regulations and policies in connection with the performance of its functions and duties.
(2) 
Employ such persons as may be required, and fix and pay their compensation from funds available to the corporation.
(3) 
Apply for, accept, administer and comply with the requirements respecting an appropriation of funds or a gift, grant or donation of property or money.
(4) 
Make and execute agreements which may be necessary or convenient to the exercise of the powers and functions of the corporation, including contracts with any person, firm, corporation, governmental agency or other entity.
(5) 
Administer and manage its own funds and accounts and pay its own obligations.
(6) 
Borrow money from private lenders for periods not to exceed 180 days and from governmental entities for that or longer periods.
(7) 
Fund the improvement of the exterior appearance of the properties in the district through grants and loans.
(8) 
Fund the rehabilitation of properties in the district.
(9) 
Accept, purchase, rehabilitate, sell, lease or manage property in the district.
(10) 
Enforce the conditions of any loan, grant, sale or lease made by the corporation.
(11) 
Provide security, sanitation and other services to the district supplemental to those provided normally by the City.
(12) 
Undertake improvements designed to increase the safety or attractiveness of the district to businesses which may wish to locate there or to visitors to the district, including, but not limited to, litter cleanup and control, landscaping, parking areas and facilities, recreational and rest areas and facilities and those improvements generally permitted for pedestrian malls under N.J.S.A. 40:56-66, pursuant to pertinent regulations of the City Council.
(13) 
Publicize the district and the business included within the district boundaries.
(14) 
Recruit new businesses to fill vacancies in, and to balance the business mix of, the district.
(15) 
Organize special events in the district.
(16) 
Provide special parking arrangements for the district.
(17) 
Provide temporary decorative lighting in the district.
B. 
The corporation shall not engage in the construction of parks or parking facilities, except by means of funding which is obtained for such purposes via federal or state grants or funds other than the assessments provided for herein.

§ 252-11 Annual budget.

The District Management Corporation shall be responsible to submit annually a reasonably detailed budget for approval by City Council, with a report explaining the goals and objectives of the district. Such budget shall be processed and adopted in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:56-65 et seq.

§ 252-12 Approval of facades and signs required.

The construction or alteration of any building or structure's facade or sign within an area of the district known as the "Trenton Commons" is subject to the corporation's prior review and approval to assure compliance with the criteria and procedures hereafter to be adopted upon the recommendation of the corporation.

§ 252-13 Street vendors. [1]

A. 
Findings.
(1) 
The City Council finds that vending, hawking or peddling of any foods, beverages, confections, goods, wares, merchandise or commodities of any nature or description within the Special Improvement District will undermine the economic growth and employment within the Special Improvement District and will inhibit the safe, convenient and effective movement of persons and detract from the function and appearance of the Special Improvement District.
(2) 
The City Council finds that vending, hawking or peddling of any foods, beverages, confections, goods, wares, merchandise or commodities of any nature or description within the Special Improvement District should be prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Council pursuant to rules and regulations formally adopted by the Council in accordance with the standards enunciated in N.J.S.A. 40:56-65 et seq.
B. 
Prohibitions. No person shall engage in hawking, peddling or vending of any foods, beverages, confections, goods, wares, merchandise or commodities of any nature or description on the streets and sidewalks within the Special Improvement District unless such use, and the location thereof, has been specifically authorized by the Council pursuant to rules and regulations formally adopted by the Council in accordance with the standards enunciated in N.J.S.A. 40:56-65 et seq. This subsection shall not prohibit sales activities conducted by a person holding a license to operate a restaurant from operating a pushcart on a sidewalk immediately adjacent to a licensed premises, provided that all health permits and other regulations established hereby are obtained and complied with, and shall not prohibit the hawking of newspapers.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 206, Peddling and Soliciting, Art. III, Street Vendors, Veterans and Fire Fighters.

§ 252-14 Violations and penalties.

Violations of the provisions of this article shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, Article III, General Penalty.
[Adopted 3-17-2016 by Ord. No. 16-11]

§ 252-15 Purpose.

The purpose of this article is to:
A. 
Promote economic growth and employment within the business district and in particular the Special Improvement District; and
B. 
Authorize, permit, and facilitate application for the purpose of accepting funds or loans from the State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs, for public improvements as contemplated and defined by P.L. 1998, c. 115.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 40:56-71.1 et seq.

§ 252-16 Review and approval of loan fund requests.

A. 
Any loan fund request(s) must first be submitted for review and approval to the Director of the Department of Housing and Economic Development prior to the submission to City Council for final approval.
B. 
The City Council and the Board of Directors of the District Management Corporation must approve by resolution any requested loan prior to application to the State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs, for public improvements as contemplated and defined by P.L. 1998, c. 115.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 40:56-71.1 et seq.

§ 252-17 Creation of improvement zone.

There is hereby created and designated within the City of Trenton a Downtown Business Improvement Zone that shall be coextensive with the Special Improvement District previously established by the City Council of the City of Trenton.