The city is soliciting bids from people who think they could really do something with the old Bank of America branch at 555 Columbia Rd. in Uphams Corner for the 12 to 18 months it would otherwise sit empty until the city puts up a new library branch there.
In a request for ideas, the city is looking for people who think they can "activate" the space starting this summer, as part of an overall plan to create an "arts innovation district" in a neighborhood centered on the Strand Theater.
Some possible ideas would include using the building as a gallery for local artists, a patform for small businesses and spaces for small community gatherings and events.
Proposals are due by 5 p.m on May 4, with walk-through tours on April 12, between 3 and 7 p.m. and on April 18 between 8 and 11 a.m.