Downtown Mall kiosk up for bid
According to Neighborhood Development Chief Jim Tolbert, the kiosk was hauled away by the public works department and placed in the city yard, where it will await its fate. In a story on the kiosk last month, Tolbert told the Hook that the kiosk was going to be "scrapped," then added, "But if someone wanted it, if they'd be willing to haul it away, they could take it."
After the story ran, the Hook received at least a half dozen calls from people wanting the kiosk and asking for Tolbert's number, and Tolbert says he fielded at least a dozen calls on his own. Given the kiosk's value and history (see the Hook's story for that), it appears the city has changed its mind about scrapping it or giving it away. According to Tolbert, the kiosk is now going to be put out to bid. And he's advising anyone interested in it to check the city website for an upcoming announcement about the details.
"I just wanted it for my backyard," says downtown resident Pete Rainey, one of those who contacted the Hook. "I thought it would look kind of cool back there."