MARIETTA, Oh. (WTAP) - UPDATE 12/7/18
The Washington County Conventions and Visitors Bureau held a grand opening for its new office inside the armory in downtown Marietta.
Officials kicked off the celebration with a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday afternoon, followed by a Christmas open house from 5 to 8:00 p.m.
Staff say they are really excited about the new location.
"The armory is like the center of town, the hub of transportation for Marietta," executive director Deana Clark. "You know we're right in downtown, the heart of downtown, and I think it's going to be easy access for folks, great parking, we have great access to the bike and walking trails and you know the shops downtown, it's just a really good place to be."
The CVB signed a 10-year lease with two five-year terms with the city. The city has the option to renew the second term. Previously, the CVB was one Greene Street for four years.
The Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau officially has a new home.
The bureau Tuesday moved furniture and office items to the Armory on Front Street.
The Armory is considered the hub of downtown Marietta, and the bureau considers it a perfect site for its offices.
It hopes for a formal opening of its new headquarters near the first of October.
"We have a few renovations to make," explained Executive Director Deana Clark. "We're going to add a wall, add some carpeting, and put up new display racks. We've got a lot of work ahead of us."
The bureau's offices had been located on Greene Street the past few years.
That office closed after the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival in early September.
City Council has agreed to a 10-year lease with the Washington County CVB for rooms seven and 13 on the groundfloor of the Armory.
The lease involves two five-year periods with a renewal option at the discretion of the city.
CVB executive director Deana Clark says the move downtown makes sense for the organization.
"The armory has over 100 year history of being the center of the community," she said, "and we're excited to get to cooperate with the city in our efforts to promote tourism for Marietta and Washington County."
Clark says they've delayed the move until after the Sternwheeler Festival. She hopes to be set up in the new location by October 1.
ORIGINAL STORY 7/10/18
A new group may soon set up shop on the ground floor of the Armory in Marietta.
Marietta City Council announced the sole bidder of a lease for rooms seven and 13 at a committee meeting Tuesday afternoon.
The bidder is the Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau , which is currently located on Greene Street.
The CVB is asking for three five-year periods, which is more than two-five year periods the council requested.
City Council says it will draft legislation at its next meeting to address the terms of the lease, since they were outside of the bid specifications.