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Boston City Hall may not be getting any prettier on the outside, but on the inside is getting a facelift. A renovated lobby will open this Spring with a new centerpiece coffee shop. According to the Mayor’s Office, proposals for a permanent City Hall lobby coffee shop can be submitted by anyone, with encouragement for applications by local, women and minority owned businesses. This project is part of a renovation of the lobby, which is scheduled to be completed in Spring 2017.

“Boston City Hall oftentimes serves as a person’s first face-to-face interaction with their local government, and it’s important that everyone who visits our building has an enjoyable and productive experience,” said Mayor Walsh. “This is a small step to activate the people’s public space and will undoubtedly have a big impact that will enhance constituent interactions with their government.”

Over the last 18 months, the City experimented with three different local vendors on the mezzanine level. The temporary installation of the coffee carts have proven to be successful for patrons and businesses. The temporary coffee carts created an opportunity for small, local businesses and provided a new destination for an activated public space in the lobby. The mezzanine level became a node of social interaction where City workers and visitors could informally collaborate and socialize.

This project is a collaboration between the City’s Operations and Economic Development Cabinets and the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics.

Issued through the City’s Property Management Department, the Request for Proposals can be found on the City of Boston’s procurement website, Event # EV00003931. Responses are due February 9, 2017. Interested respondents are invited to tour the space with City staff on today, January 24, 2017 at 4:00 PM, and also on January 31, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

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