A neighborhood management organization which provides supplemental maintenance and security services, The Downtown Lancaster SID (Special Improvement District) was created to ensure that the $15 million infrastructure and beautification project that was completed approximately 15 years ago would be maintained. Additionally, the SID was created to focus on the economic development of Downtown Lancaster. This private-sector organization is funded by nearly 60 commercial property owners in a 9 block area downtown. These property owners voluntarily agree to assess themselves in order to fund a wide range of services in common areas. SID creation requires the approval of 60% of property owners in the district and legislative authorization by the local government.
The Downtown Lancaster SID (Special Improvement District) is currently in the fifth year of its third 5-year cycle. The fourth cycle begins in January of 2019.