Mayor Marty Walsh is looking for ideas about a short-term project – think public art, small business or special event space – for 555 Columbia Road – the old Bank of America Building. Eventually this building will be revitalized into a new branch of the Boston Public Library.
But for the short-term – roughly 12-18 months – this site will be used “for the public and community benefit.” So put your thinking caps!
Submissions are due by end of business on Friday, May 4th.
The city purchased this building in February 2017 as part of the Upham’s Corner Implementation. City-hosted walkthroughs of the space are planned for April 12 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and April 18 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. This roughly 6,300-square foot structure would be used as a short-term project, starting Summer 2018.
From the request:
“As the city focuses on long-term improvements in Upham’s Corner, identified through Imagine Boston 2030, and being implemented through the Upham’s Corner Implementation (UCI), the RFI will provide an opportunity for short-term activation to utilize the currently vacant space at no cost to the selected operator.”