City, CNCC to negotiate new lease


Officials from the city of Craig and Colorado Northwestern Community College contend that a lease agreement between the two sides for use of the Center of Craig is mutually beneficial.

Which is why neither side believes re-negotiating the long-standing lease agreement, which expired last year, will be much of a problem.


On Tuesday night, the Craig City Council tabled a proposal to renew the city/CNCC lease agreement while a new deal is worked out.

For the past seven years, the college has leased classroom and office space at the Center of Craig community building; the school also contributed about $50,000 toward the building's renovation.

The college pays $3.13 per square foot, or $25,597 per year in rent, City Manager Jim Ferree said. The fee has been the same for the past several years.

CNCC requested a three-year extension of the same agreement, he said.

However, council members asked the city manager to begin discussions with CNCC about raising the rent.

Council member Bill Johns-ton said he'd like to see a nominally higher rent that doesn't "treat (the college) poorly," but still takes "care of ourselves a little bit."

Ferree said the college is receptive to paying a higher fee for using the building.

While the council tabled renewal of the agreement, it approved a motion allowing CNCC to continue using the Center of Craig space under the terms established in the expired lease.

Council member Byron Willems said CNCC using the space is "beneficial to the community," and Ferree said it's doubtful anyone would be using the space if the college wasn't.

Gene Bilodeau, dean of the CNCC Craig campus, said the college requested the three-year time frame because it keeps CNCC classes at the Center of Craig without moving.

The college also hopes to have a new campus facility built on a 100-acre site in west Craig within the next few years, where classes currently at the Center of Craig would relocate to, he said.

"It just seemed to save us the hassle (of moving) and three years would give us the opportunity to be up on the hill," he said.

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