AKRON -- If you want it, it's yours. Totally free. But there is one catch. You have to find a way to move it.
The city of Akron announced Friday they are giving away a vacant two-story building located at 405 South High Street.
The brick structure, better known as the Board of Realtors building, is 5,136 square feet and occupies one city block bounded by High, Cedar, Broadway and Selle streets.
Anybody who wants the building must move it at their own cost.
City officials want the building moved to construct a 250-car parking lot to serve the new student housing located on adjacent land.
If nobody wants the building, it will be demolished.
Those interested are asked to submit written proposals to the City of Akron Bureau of Engineering (7th Floor Municipal Building at 166 S. High Street).
The deadline to submit is 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 13.
Written proposals should address and meet all of the following requirements:
- Detailed building removal plan, including disturbances and repairs to existing parking lot and amenities.
- The removal of the building shall also include capping of all existing utility connections to the building.
- Proposed construction schedule, showing a completion by April 30, 2013.
- Financing: The proposed cost of the project, and financing available to the developer.
- Qualifications to perform work.
Proposals will be evaluated on the quality of the proposal, including experience of the developer, availability of financing to developer, schedule to complete the project by April 30, 2013.
The entire building, including any salvageable contents, will become the property of the winning proposal.
More information can be obtained from Akron Engineering Bureau, Michael J. Teodecki, P.E., at (330) 375-2336 or e-mail: MTeodecki@akronohio.gov.