Former Mott Branch Proposals Requested

Monday, August 02, 2021

The City of Toledo is requesting proposals to purchase and repurpose the former Toledo Lucas County Public Library Mott Branch building.

The goal of the request for proposals is to select a purchaser who can complete and sustain the repurposing of the building and adjacent parcel, located at 1055 and 1105 Dorr St., with a use that benefits the community and aligns with the concepts and principles of existing, community-led planning initiatives.

The request for proposal requirements will be presented during a public webinar at 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 5. Interested individuals should register in advance for the webinar at this link:

A public open house and tours will be held at the property from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6. The full request for proposal can be found at Submissions are due by 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 13.

The City of Toledo has worked closely with an Independent Review Committee, which is an advisory group comprised of community leaders and stakeholders, to develop the request for proposals. The committee will review submissions and make a recommendation on the proposal it believes best aligns with the goals set forth in the request for proposals. Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz and Toledo City Council will have the final authority to award a proposal and sell the property.

Commissioner of Business Services Sandy Spang is overseeing the process.

“This is an exciting opportunity to bring a new use to a facility that has been an important community asset in the Dorr Street Corridor since 1918,” Ms. Spang said. “I anticipate a robust response with a variety of creative concepts.”

The City of Toledo was pleased to make the building available for an interim use by Lucas County Children Services, providing increased space needed in response to COVID-19 requirements.

Ebonie Jackson, chief financial officer and director of administrative services for Lucas County Children Services, said: “The location of the Mott building has been ideal for our families, especially for those who live walking distance of the building. We are so thankful to the City of Toledo for allowing us to rent the Mott building during the pandemic. This has allowed us to socially distance in a wonderful facility while serving our families during these unprecedented times.”