The former Bank of America building will be sold to the highest bidder Thursday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m., said Mayor Tim Stearns, who is a member of the coordinating committee.

A group of citizens interested in purchasing the old Bank of America building to create a performing arts and civic center are raising money for that purpose. The building will be sold to the highest bidder Thursday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m., said Mayor Tim Stearns, who is a member of the coordinating committee. Donations to the cause may be made at the Mount Shasta branch of Scott Valley Bank to the “Across PAC” account, he said. If the group is not the successful high bidder, donations will be returned, said Stearns. Several community groups and individuals have donated funds for the building’s purchase, he said, including Mountain Runners, Mount Shasta Rotary, Roger Emerson, Susie Boyd, Mark Clure, Aiello, Goodrich & Teuscher, and Greg Messer. The Mount Shasta City Council is also supportive of the group’s acquisition effort, Stearns said. “We are enthusiastic about the building’s possible purchase and believe a performing arts center would be a wonderful addition to the city,” Stearns said. The building, constructed in 1968, sits at 100 Chestnut Street in the center of town. Bank of America closed its doors in June. Since then, the 5,096 square foot, six-sided building has been sitting vacant. An on-site inspection was conducted Monday, Stearns said, and there are a few parties who expressed interest in the building. Though his preference is a performing arts center, where he envisions the community holding plays, musicals, concerts and dances, Stearns said he looks forward to the building being “a useful addition to the city.” For more information about the plan or how to make a tax deductible donation, call Stearns at (530) 926-6700.