Illinois- Downtown Bloomington is getting revitalized and in May, the city council unanimously approved the creation of a nine-member task force focused on potential opportunities. Areas of interest include parking, public places, walkability and beautification.
While the task force’s recommendations are not due until December, one suggestion has already gained popularity and spurred motivation- the creation of a hotel district through a private-public partnership. While previous projects have failed, both the task force and the city’s 2015 master plan highlight the need for a new development downtown. These recommendations have attracted the attention of firms interested in developing the land without seeking financial assistance from the city.