Mirvish Village is located at Bloor Street West and Bathurst Street, in midtown Toronto. For over 45 years an enclave of art, culture and cuisine, Mirvish Village offers an out-of-the ordinary shopping and dining experience. Featured are professional medical and legal services and many one of a kind vendors including specialty bookstores, vintage shops art galleries and contemporary fashions.
What is a Business Improvement Area (BIA)?
The Mirvish Village BIA is one of 82 BIAs in Toronto, and was officially designated in 2005. A Business Improvement Area is an association of property owners, business operators and commercial tenants, within a specified area, who work in partnership with all levels of government to enhance their business area. Support of BIAs is provided by the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA), which is the umbrella organization for BIAs.
The Mirvish Village BIA is managed by an appointed Board of Management of seven volunteers and the two local councillors. One part-time staff person manages the day to day operation of the BIA.
A BIA allows local business people and property owners to join together to:
- improve and enhance the design, safety and security features of the area
- act as the voice of the community with government
- beautify and maintain the streets and buildings within the BIA
- promote Mirvish Village as a business and destination area
- support local business
- liaise with the community through newsletters and special events
The BIA is funded by a special tax levy calculated on commercial properties of the area and based proportionately on their assessed value. The BIA operates within an annual budget approved by the BIA membership and Toronto Council.