For 'Improvement District,' A $1M Shortfall

It could be a major snag in a plan to revitalize Boston's Downtown Crossing. Some of the largest property holders in the Downtown Crossing area are opting out of a plan to pay extra fees for increased service.

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino calls it "disturbing."

"Why are these companies being selfish and not participating in the upgrade in the area around their properties?" asks Menino.

The companies in question would have contributed about $1 million, a quarter of the anticipated budget for the so-called "improvement district."

More than 80 percent of property owners in Downtown Crossing have already agreed to pay the extra fees.

This program aired on November 8, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.


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