The former home of the Aston Manor Transport Museum could become base for an indoor market under plans submitted to the council.
The cavernous, historic former tram depot next to Villa Park has been empty since the museum was controversially evicted by Birmingham City Council last October.
But now businessman Ulfat Naeem has applied for planning permission to run a 24 stall-market inside the Witton Lane building.
And the plan looks likely to be approved, as it would require no alteration to the listed building beyond setting up market stalls.
It will mean historic features, including the original tram rails, will be preserved.
Planning agent Alan Garnett said: “The proposed use will be a welcome business opportunity for the local area as it will allow small businesses to develop their services and products, which will, in itself, generate financial activity with existing supply companies in the area.”
The owners anticipate recruiting ten people to staff the market from 9am to 7pm six days-a-week, and 9am to 6pm on Sundays.
With a 56 space car park next door and the Villa stadium across the road, it is unlikely to receive many objections.
The council’s property services department has agreed a lease deal for the building with Mr Naeem which will begin if planning permission is granted.
English Heritage agreed a grade II listing for the depot in April.
The Aston Manor Transport Museum was forced to leave the building after almost 20 years because the council was no longer willing to allow it to remain on a peppercorn rent.
The authority introduced a £43,000 per year charge for the premises which the volunteer run museum could not afford.
A fund-raising campaign to buy the building outright failed as the museum and council could not agree a price.
Most of the museum’s collection of buses, trams and transport artefacts has been moved to a factory building in Northgate, Aldridge.