#1- What is the South Street Headhouse District?
The South Street Headhouse District is a vibrant commercial corridor and home to over 400 unique businesses, with some of the best restaurants, retailers, and services in the region.
The South Street Headhouse District Office (SSHD) is a business improvement district (BID) established in 1993 as a locally directed Municipal Authority, for the purpose of improving public safety, cleaning and other services to supplement those being provided by the City of Philadelphia. The SSHD borders are along South Street from Front Street to 11th Street, along numbered streets from Lombard to Bainbridge, and down 4th Street from Lombard to Christian Streets.
Our mission is the beautification, marketing, safety, cleanliness, and continued improvement of the area. We work diligently to make the South Street area an enjoyable area in which to live, work, and play.
The SSHD is overseen by a board of directors, with the day-to-day operations handled by the executive director and staff. While the organization’s primary mission is to promote business in the district, it does oversee many projects that directly affect residents as well, including street beautification projects, special events and festivals, and localized trash removal.
#2- What does the SSHD do to help me as a resident?
The SSHD manages street cleaning & improper trash removal through a contracted cleaning company. We provide the facilities and operational expenses for the South Street Police Mini-station. Additionally we facilitates capital improvement projects in the District, such at the recent 4th Street lighting installation and the proposed Headhouse Plaza improvement.
We sponsor and organize seasonal events like the South Street Spring Festival, Fall Pumpkin Festival and Winter Wonderland, as well as Movies under the Stars, Fashion at the Shambles. We partner with groups like the Philadelphia Food Trust to bring Farmers’ Markets to the neighborhood, as well as act as liaison for outside promoters events like Green Fest and the Deschutes Brewery Beer Garden.
We introduce advertising and marketing campaigns to promote businesses. We administer grant programs for property improvements, and initiate public art projects, (such as transforming utility boxes with works of art) and performances and improvements financed by the Knights Art Program.
As a business improvement district, (BID) we act as liaison with the municipality, businesses and neighborhood groups within our district to ensure a safe, enjoyable community.
#3- Am I in the District?
See the map to see if your address is within the boundaries of the District.
#4A- I’m a property owner in the district. How are my fees to the District assessed?
(from Phila City Ordinance 494, June 1993) Click here to for the full ordinance
District revenue is based on an assessment of all taxable properties within the boundaries of the SSHD. Individual assessments will be derived by multiplying the total estimated costs of the project by a ration of the total assessed value of the individual property for taxable purposes to the total assessed valuation for taxable purposes of all taxable properties in the SSHD. Updated data on ownership and assessed value of the properties will be received annually from the Philadelphia Board of Revisions of Taxes. If you have a specific question about billing for the assessment, you can email our staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
#4B- If I am a resident, do I still have to pay the commercial tax?
If your property is a single family residence and it is owner occupied, than you may apply for an exemption of the SSHD tax.
You may do so by completing the residential affidavit found here:
2017 SSHD Affidavit.
#5 How can I stay informed about what’s going on in the district?
You can sign up for our email list to receive newsletters here.
The board of directors hold a public meeting the second Wednesday of the month at the Old Pine Community Center.
#6- Are you a fabric store?
No, but we have lots of friends that are, you can find them here.