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Former Pulaski Library Building for Sale

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Rochester: Former Pulaski Library Building for Sale
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A decades-old former city library that's been boarded up for years is up for sale. The former Pulaski Library on Hudson Avenue was open for a few hours Monday to give developers a chance to check out the historic building.

"It's in a little bit of rough shape," said Gregory Walker. "It's gonna need a lot of work, but it's worth it."

Where some people see a broken down mess, Gregory Walker sees potential.

"I think it's a great solid building. It needs a little work."

Walker is one of several people interested in buying the old Pulaski Library, which has sat empty at the corner of Hudson and Norton for years.

"I used to come to this library, and I liked the library ever since."

The place has seen better days.

"Brings back some memories. Looks a little different in here now," Walker said.

"There's a lot of reasons why this building should be renovated," said Kathy Sheets, director of real estate with the city.

The City of Rochester owns the building, but is looking to sell. It's a bargain.

"It's priced right," she said.

Asking price: One thousand dollars. That, and a plan to bring the building back to life.

"We recognize the building needs serious repair, and we are looking for a developer who can piece together all of the necessary funding mechanisms that will be necessary to make the project feasible," Sheets said.

The building served as a working library branch for more than sixty years, but in 1994, it was closed down as part of city budget cuts. The building was later sold to a developer, who couldn't make a go of it, so in 2010, the city retook possession.

"We're waiting now for proposals to come in."

Asbestos has been removed from the old library. The building sits near the city's Franklin school campus, and is in the shadows of St. Stanislaus church.

"So there's a lot of good things happening at this corner."

The city will take proposals through March 8th. Another open house is set for Wednesday.

"You know, I want to bring this back up to where the community will get use out of it," Walker said.

If he's the winning bidder Walker envisions a Christian book store, coffee and sandwich shops, and a space for tutoring kids. It's a vision that might be hard to see, for some. Not for him.

"Everything about this building, I love. And I just want to get it restored and up and running again."

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