The Pulaski Library has been out of user for 19 years and in that time the condition has deteriorated, but the city says with the right plan it can be the perfect home for a thriving business.
The library was built in 1931. It was placed on the National Register of Historic places in 2002 for its Italian Renaissance style, Art Deco features and as a symbol of the importance of the Polish community in Northeast Rochester.
The city has removed the asbestos from the building, eliminated water infiltration, and repaired the building shell in preparation for the sale, at a cost of more than $900,000.
They say a lot of people have shown interest in buying.
In order to be considered prospective buyers must submit a development proposal by March 8th, "a very good description of what the new use is, what the cost will be to have the building renovated for that particular use, how the developer will access the necessary funds to complete the project, what the timetable is," explained Kathy Sheets, the Director of Real Estate for the City of Rochester, "and we of course would like to see community support for their plan."
The city expects to select a bidder on March 29th, then city council would have to approve the sale.
According to the assessed value, the building would bring in a little over $4,000 in taxes with a new owner.