About CityCenter Danbury
Danbury's Downtown Special Services District
Promoting and Revitalizing Danbury's Historic Downtown
The Danbury Downtown Special Services District, more commonly known and doing business as, CityCenter Danbury was established in 1988 by a vote of downtown property owners. The one square-mile district in the heart of downtown Danbury includes 215 parcels owned by 150 property owners who pay a modest special assessment over and above their regular real estate property taxes. These special tax revenues generate about of $170,000 annually that is earmarked for downtown revitalization programs, special services and capital improvements.
CityCenter Danbury is a body politic and corporate under the provisions of Connecticut General Statutes Chapter 105a (as amended) and the code of Ordinances of Danbury, CT under Chapter XIXB. CityCenter Danbury is run by a twelve-member Board of Commissioners elected by the downtown property owners, their Manager and part-time staff. The District is concerned with any issue that pertains to the improvements of the physical and economic environment of the downtown. As a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Connecticut Main Street Center, CityCenter Danbury follows the four (4) principles of Design, Organization, Promotion, and Economic Restructuring to further the ongoing revitalization of downtown Danbury.
CityCenter Danbury works on such issues as parking, marketing and promotion, special events, business recruitment, security, streetscape improvements and maintenance. To further the goals of CityCenter Danbury, the Danbury Downtown Council is the second business organization that is part of CityCenter's working plan to implement the district's special events and promotion programs. These include the CityCenter Summer Series Concerts on the Green, The Taste of Greater Danbury, the CityCenter Farmers' Market at Kennedy Park, Halloween on the Green, and the annual 'Light the Lights' Holiday Lighting program.
CityCenter Danbury works in partnership with the City of Danbury, the Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau, the city office of Economic Development, and the Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance to enhance and promote CityCenter Danbury as the downtown destination and urban core for arts, culture, and entertainment in the Greater Danbury and Housatonic Valley area. This collaboration has resulted in downtown Danbury for the second year in a row being named the host city for the highly-acclaimed Connecticut Film Festival, creating a signature event for CityCenter Danbury and helping to establish it as the premiere downtown district in western Connecticut.