Historic Post Offices
July 4, 2015
To the dismay of locals, the United States Postal Service in Washington, D.C. has proposed to demolish the Franklin Street post office building damaged by the Aug. 24 earthquake. According to a June 26 letter from Daniel Delahaye, a federal preservation officer at the USPS, consultation on the demolition plan is “just commencing,” and residents are invited to share their opinions within the next 30 days.
Because the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the USPS was required to notify the city, county, Napa County Landmarks, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and other agencies of its plan. The USPS also posted a notice about the proposed demolition at the retail window of the Randolph Street post office annex. Read more.
June 28, 2015
Fissured, battered and fenced off since the magnitude-6.0 quake of Aug. 24, the downtown Napa post office leads off the annual Ten Threatened Treasures, the list of at-risk properties released last week by the Napa County Landmarks group .A lack of clarity from the Postal Service about the building’s future – and a fear the agency may choose demolition as the easy way out – is what makes the post office the site of greatest concern, Landmarks members said last week.
“The Postal Service has not yet been forthcoming on what they plan on doing with it,” said Juliana Inman, a board member, architect and Napa councilwoman. “We are watching (the situation) very carefully, and we’re very concerned. Historic post offices are at risk all over the country, and the post office is selling them as fast as they can. “These were built with public resources,” she said. “They are public-serving buildings. And the safeguards to ensure they’re preserved are not always forthcoming.” Read more.
May 22, 2015
The Postal Service has taken another step toward selling the historic 1932 post office on Hamilton Avenue in Palo Alto, California. On May 28, there will be a public meeting to discuss the relocation of retail services. Dean Cameron, USPS real estate specialist Dean Cameron says, ""If the Postal Service decides to move forward with its relocation, it anticipates offering the post office property for sale after completing a separate process to take into account the effects, if any, of the sale on historic properties." In May 2013, the Palo Alto City Council authorized the City Manager to make a bid for the building, and the city continues to be interested in buying it. Read more.
March 25, 2015
In late January 2015, the Postal Service discontinued the post office in Plant City, Florida. As reported in this previous post, it was the first discontinuance in over 16 months. The community had until Feb. 27 to file an appeal with the Postal Regulatory Commission, but no one did so, and now the Postal Service is reviewing the property for sale. There's little doubt how the review will end. The Postal Service has been planning to sell the building at least since June 2013, when the post office was closed for an emergency suspension due to a leaky roof and some mold — not unusual conditions for a post office built in 1935, especially when the owner (the Postal Service) doesn't bother with upkeep. Read more.