Business Improvement Districts Case Study

Main Street, Hyannia, MA.
Main Street, Hyannis, MA
Source: Main Street Hyannis BID
Hyannis, MA

The Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District (HMSBID) is a private nonprofit organization that was established in 1999 in response to the need to improve the commercial appeal of downtown Hyannis. There are three professional administrative staff associated with the BID that are paid by BID fees. The BID includes 120 properties, valued at $75 million. Between 1999 and 2006, the downtown vacancy rate has decreased from 10% to 1%.

The improvement plan from the HMSBID addresses the following:

  • Business development;
  • Capital improvements;
  • A pedestrian-friendly streetscape project for a comprehensive reconstruction of Main Street financed partially by a $2 million Public Works Economic Development grant from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation;
  • Street lights;
  • Helped facilitate the “Walkway to the Sea” connecting Main Street to Hyannis Harbor , and other walkways;
  • Street and directional signs and information kiosks;
  • Government relations (e.g., zoning, housing, security, maintenance, parking);
  • Maintenance and street decor (e.g., litter and weed removal, graffiti removal, flower displays);
  • Marketing and programming (e.g., district promotion through brochures, directories, news fliers, advertising); and
  • Security (e.g., subsidy for the Barnstable Police Substation).

Additional information regarding the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District may be found at or by contacting Cynthia Cole, Director of the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District:

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 547
Hyannis , MA 02601

Physical Address:
397 Main Street
Hyannis , MA 02601

Phone: 508-775-7982