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Create a Thriving Business District


Clean and well-kept sidewalks are appreciated by shoppers in your district. Cleaning and maintenance of sidewalks and planting strips is not performed by the City but is the responsibility of the nearest business or property owner.

If you would like assistance cleaning your sidewalks, there are several private firms that will provide sidewalk cleaning and other related services
in your business district. Typical services included in such contracts are: sidewalk sweeping and cleaning, removing posters from poles, removing graffiti and pressure washing of sidewalks (annually or as needed).

You and your contractor should clarify who is responsible for providing cleaning equipment and how to dispose of waste collected in the district. Some business districts have used the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) Neighborhood Matching Fund to help them purchase equipment; this equipment becomes the property of the district organization.

To dispose of waste collected by the contractor, you can either designate a business dumpster as the waste drop-off or provide a dumpster dedicated to street/sidewalk cleaning.

Frequently asked questions:

What are the costs of these cleaning contracts ?

Costs depend on the level and frequency of service required. Call contractors for quotes. Contractors include: The Millionaire Club 206-728-5627, Vinson Brothers Corporation 206-725-4841, and CleanScapes 206-341-9677.

What can we do other than hiring professional cleaners?

Request additional trash receptacles from SPU (See Litter Cans entry in this section) and discuss problem areas. SPU can help with periodic neighborhood cleanups of public areas by volunteers. Call the Adopt-A-Street Hotline at 206-684-7647. Even if you don't wish to become an official Adopter, the folks there can help you with a cleanup.

Benefits and challenges of sidewalk cleaning :
  • Improves the overall look of your area and can reduce vandalism.
  • Offers a higher level of cleanliness than what is provided by the City.
  • Gives your district more options and control over the kind of services you receive.
  • Requires someone to select and supervise the contractor, including resolving potential complaints from merchants about noise of blowers, etc.