Fruitvale Business Improvement District
The Fruitvale Business Improvement District (BID) physically and economically revitalizes the commercial corridors of International Boulevard, Fruitvale Avenue, and Foothill Boulevard. The BID is comprised of and works directly with over 350 locally owned businesses and property owners. We work to create clean and safe streets, offer community building activities and attractions, and build business skills among our small business owners to support sustainable growth. These ongoing services result in increased economic activity, a lowered perception of crime, and a greater sense of pride in the community.
The BID program started in 1996, and since that time has completed over 200 façade improvements, decorated dozens of public trash cans with mosaic art throughout the neighborhood, worked with the City of Oakland for street and asphalt improvements, offered business assistance for local merchants, and continues to coordinate daily sidewalk cleaning, and seasonal tree and flower planting.
The BID team serves as a liaison with the City of Oakland, reporting safety hazards that otherwise would go unchecked and unrepaired. We also report and address blight, and organize full neighborhood cleanups, park clean ups, and creek restoration in conjunction with the City and other community groups.
You can get involved in the work of the BID by attending one of our neighborhood meetings:
- Monthly Merchant Meetings (for local business owners): Generally the last Wednesday of the month, 8:30am-10am at various FBID restaurants with comprehensive trainings and presentations for merchants.
- Neighbor Crime Prevention Council: This meeting is open to the public and discusses crime prevention topics and other neighborhood concerns. Meetings are typically the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM at Fruitvale San Antonio Senior Center, 3301 East 12th Street room 201.
Or, sign up to be a volunteer! Volunteers are called on throughout the year for clean up activities, public art projects, community event help, and more. We can also work with you to create a volunteer day for your group or company. Contact us to learn more.
BID Program Manager