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Request for Proposals: Library Square Transit Placemaking Project

The Southeast CDC is currently seeking proposals for a literary themed bus shelter that will be installed at the bus stop next to the Patterson Park branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, which is located at the intersection of E. Fayette St. and N. Linwood Ave. The Southeast CDC has collaborated with artists to create two sculptural bus shelters—“BUS” adjacent to the Creative Alliance and “Estamos Aqui,” which is situated at the intersection of Highland Ave. and Baltimore St.

Project Summary:

The Southeast CDC works to promote healthy, dynamic, and diverse communities in southeast Baltimore. Vibrant and active public spaces are essential a community’s quality of life and help promote a distinct sense of place and stronger connections among neighbors. For the past several years the Southeast CDC has been working in partnership with Banner Neighborhoods and community residents to revitalize Library Square, a public park that connects the Patterson Park Library and William Paca Elementary School, along Fayette St.

This transit placemaking project will complement other improvements to Library Square including landscaping, lighting, renovations to the library, and traffic calming. This project should improve the experience of transit users while fostering a distinctive sense of place that complements the area’s dynamic identity.

Site Description:

The project site is located next to the south-facing façade of the Patterson Park Library (see image below). Presently, there is not a bus stop at this location but MTA is relocating a bus stop here. Fayette St. is a busy transit corridor, and this stop serves the 23, 26, and 40 quick bus lines. The site is 60’ long and 12’ deep.

Design Criteria:

  • The design for the shelter must include a minimum covered area of 48 square feet[KS1] and must provide interior seating.
  • The shelter should be set back five feet from the edge of the curb and the design must comply with ADA guidelines.
  • The design must have clear sightlines
  • The design should incorporate a literary theme.
  • The name Library Square should be incorporated into the design.
  • Design features should include a display case or bulletin board and a solar-powered cell-phone charger. [KS2]


The Southeast CDC can allocate up to $50,000 for this project. This budget includes all project costs, which could include, but are not limited to, artist fees, materials and equipment, licenses and permits, fabrication, installation, and creation of a maintenance plan.

Project Timeline:

Project proposals are due December 1, 2016. Once submitted, all proposals will be reviewed by a committee made up of community stakeholders and residents. We will select a proposal by January 2017. The project must be completed within six months.

Proposal Requirements:

For consideration please submit a CV and cover letter along with the following:

  • Artistic vision for the project (500 words or less)
  • Detailed conceptual drawings that are drawn to scale
  • Samples of past work (no more than 3 images per project)
  • An itemized project budget
  • Three references

For questions or more information please contact:

Shannon Darrow

Southeast CDC- Coordinator of Neighborhood Programs

410-342-3234 x 35 or [email protected]

[KS1]48 square feet is the minimum cover? So the shelter covered area could be 48 sq ft or greater? If so, that’s not clear to me.

[KS2]I know Library Square folks want this, but let’s discuss enforcement issues. Namely, people using the bus stop as a charging station but not to wait for the bus. We’re having this issue at the Highlandtown library branch.


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