Convention and Visitors Bureau Will Remain at CIRA, Lease Negotiations Come to an End

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 The Bloomington-Normal Area CVB has signed a new lease agreement to remain in the Central Illinois Regional Airport terminal building. (Photo: Breanna Grow/AdaptBN)

The Bloomington-Normal Area CVB has signed a new lease agreement to remain in the Central Illinois Regional Airport terminal building. (Photo: Breanna Grow/AdaptBN)

The Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) will remain in the Central Illinois Regional Airport (CIRA) terminal building for now.

Bloomington Normal Airport Authority board commissioners approved a new lease agreement with the CVB Tuesday following CVB board approval last week.

CIRA Executive Director Carl Olson said the 2-year agreement includes a 5% rate increase from the previous lease, with another 5% increase next year. The agreement also includes a 2-year renewal option, with the rate based on the Consumer Pricing Index up to 5%.

The lease also waives fees for parking and conference room access.

The two organizations had been in negotiations since January when the CVB did not renew its lease before the agreement expired.

CVB board members sought a shorter term and greater flexibility to leave the lease than what the original agreement with the airport authority offered. Some also a believed a more public, storefront location than the terminal building suite would better accommodate walk-in customers.

The CVB first moved to its CIRA location in 2001.