ROANOKE, Va. -

A Roanoke landmark with a rich history could soon have a new role downtown.

Historic Fire Station No. 1 was completed in 1907, and served as an active firehouse for 100 years.

It's used for storage today.

The city is now requesting proposals for the property. Leaders say they will consider a long-term lease, or sale, with conditions that protect the historic nature of the building.

Wayne Bowers is Roanoke's Director of Economic Development. "With the hotel project going next door, we felt this was a good time, a good time to open up for proposals," Bowers told WDBJ7.  "And we think it will be a good use of a facility that has been part of our history for a long time. "

The deadline for proposals is October 31st.  Then city staff members will review any valid proposals.

A final decision on the future of the old fire station will rest with city council.