The OCIC board, made up of residents and property owners in the District, oversees the Special Improvement District.

Ohio City Improvement Corporation

Ohio City Improvement Corporation (OCIC) is a special improvement district (SID) that was created in 2012 to provide cleaning, maintenance, and safety services in Ohio City through the employment of Block by Block Ambassadors. OCIC contracts with Downtown Cleveland Alliance to provide this service.

The OCIC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization funded by property owners in the district through assessments that are paid bi-annually via their property taxes. These investments are leveraged to create a clean, safe, and welcoming district. 

In 2019, OCIC renewed the special improvement district for five years. The 2020-2024 special improvement district cycle will include expanded boundries along Lorain Avenue and Detroit Avenue and will provide additional services. Service will begin in spring of 2020 with a $570,000 annual budget.

How are the properties assessed?
Properties are assessed using a hybrid formula that includes both a value based assessment (35% of the assessment) and a frontage based assessment (65% of the assessment). Per SID regulations in the Ohio Revised Code, faith based and municipal property is exempt. No other properties are exempt. The formula is applied to the property values at the time the SID is passed and is constant for the five years of the authorized assessment period.


2017-2019 Administrative Documents

List of Property Owners
Articles of Incorporation 
Comprehensive Services Plan


Board of Directors

The OCIC Board is a 12 member elected Board with two appointed seats - appointed by the Cleveland City Councilmember and the Mayor - made up of property owners and residents in the District

 Board meetings are scheduled bimonthly.

Meetings take place at 4:00 p.m. at Ohio City Incorporated, 3308 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio. *Due to COVID-19, all meetings are currently being held virtually.*

Meetings are open to the public, but please let us know beforehand if you plan to attend so we can accommodate you. Please email Special Improvement District Manager Michaela Lowery at

Board Members:

Mike Dostal, Chair
Property Owner

Tom Gillespie, Vice President
Getco Environmental Consultants
Property Owner

James Keating, Treasurer
Property Owner

Peter Snavely, Secretary
Snavely Group
Property Owner

Sam McNulty
Bier Market, Bar Cento, Market Garden Brewery, Nano Brew & Market Garden Brewery
Property Owner, Business Owner & Resident

Doug Perkowski
Property Owner

Mark Raymond
The Cleveland Hostel
Business Owner & Property Owner

John Gill
St. Ignatius High School
Property Owner

Steve Hankins
Cleveland Clinic/Lutheran Hospitals
Property Owner

Terri Smucny
Property Owner

Graham Veysey
Property Owner