SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — A group of business owners and residents in San Francisco’s historic North Beach district have joined together to clean up the neighborhood and make it a safer place.

The newly formed group is called the Top of Broadway Community Benefit District. It will fund security improvements, marketing campaigns and beautification projects along Broadway between Montgomery and Columbus—an area well known for its nightclubs and strip bars.

“It’s definitely been a little seedy in the last 12 years,” said Ryan Maxey, owner of the Naked Lunch restaurant. “It’s just one of those situations where you invite that many people into an area, and that specific crowd, bad things are going to happen.”

Maxey said a main focus of the district, which will be funded through property tax assessments, will be to form a clear vision of the businesses it wants to draw to the area.

The Top of Broadway Community Benefit District will also include Kearny Street between Pacific and Broadway, and the east side of Columbus between Grant and Pacific Avenues.

“I think it’s a good idea just because this is a beautiful neighborhood and people need to feel safe and secure,” said Ann Marie Tomasini, an attorney who works in the Pier 5 law offices.

“All the people who live and work around here are usually, in the evenings, home by 10 or 10:30 p.m. as another crowd comes in.”

An association representing the area’s strip clubs was instrumental in the formation of the district and has pledged $100,000 in matching funds over the next two years.

Maxey hopes to sit on the district’s board that’s now being formed to also focus on, as he put it, on getting the “right people on the block.”

“Instead of catering to individuals in groups that are going to come here and be disrespectful to the neighborhood,” he said. “We just don’t nee it.”

Maxey said the group’s formation is another in a long line of steps taken over the past several years to make the area a safer and more enjoyable place to visit.

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