By now dozens of places in the city have Community Improvement Districts (CIDs), and the Broadway area in Midtown plans to join them.
In a business session Thursday, the city council approved having a city attorney prepare an ordinance to make it happen.
It was introduced hours later in the city council meeting.
The CID would allow an additional one-cent sales tax in the area, with the money it raises used for things like security, marketing and upkeep within the district.
The boundaries are generally along both sides of Broadway from W. 36th Street to Westport Road, with branches extending west on 39th between Southwest Trafficway and Wyandotte Street, and on Westport Road to Baltimore.
Similar CIDs on Main Street, 39th Street, in Westport and throughout the city have helped improve and maintain those areas.
Councilwoman Katheryn Shields, one of the sponsors of the Broadway proposal, said it would put the many small businesses there in the position of “putting their best foot forward.”
Greg Patterson, owner of the Uptown Arts bar and of historic properties within the district, said, “We feel that in terms of cleanliness, safety, improving the interests of Broadway, that this is essential.”
One citizen objected that the Uptown Theater and the Broadway Valentine Shopping Center are not included in the district, but councilmembers noted that their owner is seeking a separate CID.