City looks at turning part of the BPL main library in Copley Square into an upscale mini-mall
The Boston Business Journal reports city officials are considering leasing 150,000 square feet on three floors of the Johnson building (the newer one) to retailers - and that they are looking at changes to the building's exterior to make it more Apple Store-ish. Nordstrom at the BPL, anyone? Ooh, what about a Barnes and Noble?
In a tweet, BPL replies:
There's a proposed study in next year's capital plan. No firm plans until the FY13 budget is voted.
The plan shows a $1.5-million expenditure to study "enhancing the potential of the Children's Room, lecture hall and front entrance of the Central Library's Johnson Building."
"There's a lot of wasted space in that building," Mayor Menino told a group of reporters. Menino said the city would also look at other uses, including college classrooms, and that any changes would likely be on the Lenox Hotel side of the building.