Southtown Corridor Improvement Authority


The Southtown CIA encompasses six business districts in their development area: Boston Square, Madison Square, Seymour Square, Alger Heights, Eastern & Franklin, and South Division (from Wealthy to Hall).

Annual Activity Synopsis

The Southtown CIA does not have tax increment revenues which have not been expended within 5 years of their receipt.

Facade Improvement Program

Are you a commercial business owner or property owner within the Southtown Corridor Improvement Authority (CIA) Boundary? If so, you may be eligible to apply for the Southtown CIA Facade Improvement Program.

Development Support Policy

The Southtown CIA has a development support policy, which provides support for certain development projects that need significant public infrastructure investments and results in at least one of the following:

  • Retention of permanent jobs
  • Creation of permanent jobs
  • Addition of residential units
  • Creation of new greenspace available to the public

Download Policy(PDF, 111KB)


Facade Review Committee

This committee reviews all applications submitted for the facade improvement program and makes funding recommendations to the Southtown CIA for approval.

Design Committee

This committee focuses on streetscape, and public space design and improvements.

Business Development Committee

This committee supports the development of new or existing businesses.

Marketing Committee

This committee focuses on promoting the work of the Southtown CIA and the businesses located in the development area.

If you have an interest in joining a committee or learning more, please contact the Southtown CIA Corridor Manager.


The Southtown CIA meets monthly on the third Wednesday at 11:00 am.

Current Board Members

Bill DeJong

Term Ends: 12/31/2021

Jonathan Farman (Vice-Chair)

Term Ends: 12/31/2022

Kristian Grant

Term Ends: 12/31/2023

Helen Harp (Chair)

Term Ends: 12/31/2024

Commissioner Senita Lenear

Term Ends: 12/31/2021

Isaac Norris

Term Ends: 12/31/2021

Ruben Ramos

Term Ends: 12/31/2022

Darel Ross (Secretary)

Term Ends: 12/31/2023


Term Ends: 12/31/2020


Documents and Links


Kelsey Liebenow

Kelsey Liebenow provides corridor management services to the Southtown CIA. Learn More

61st District Court

The 61st District Court provides trash maintenance for the six business districts within the Southtown CIA boundary. Learn More

Building Bridges Professional Services

Building Bridges provides landscape maintenance for the six business districts within the Southtown CIA boundary. Learn More


The Southtown CIA is audited as part of the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).


Kelsey Liebenow

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