Impassioned crowd protests sale of historic post office in Topeka KS

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Topeka Capital Journal: Dozens of people delivered impassioned pleas or registered concerns and questions Tuesday afternoon to the U.S. Postal Service regarding its intentions to vacate and sell its historic downtown building and lease a smaller space as a cost-saving maneuver. An open forum was held at 4 p.m. in the third-floor courtroom of the U.S. Post Office at 424 S. … Read More

Film producer buys historic Santa Monica post office

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Looks like historic post offices are becoming a fashionable trophy for Hollywood film producers.  First Joel Silver (Mad Max, The Matrix) bought the Venice post office.  Now SkyDance Productions (True Grit, World War Z) has bought the Santa Monica post office, which was closed back in June.  Read more.

Representatives Serrano and Lee: Postal Service Must Halt Historic Buildings Sales

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Press release: Washington, DC – Congressman Jose Serrano and Congresswoman Barbara Lee have both called for a halt to the sale of post offices.  They have each issued press releases today explaining that multiple provisions included in the omnibus appropriations bill unveiled on Monday urged the U.S. Postal Service to halt sales of historic post office buildings. One provision instructs the … Read More

Postal Service proposes changing environmental regulations on post office disposals

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The Postal Service has proposed a revision of federal regulations that would help it avoid going through an extensive environmental review process when disposing of postal properties like post offices.  The Postal Service wants to make things easier because it has many more sales planned for the future.  As the posting in the Federal Register says today, “The Postal Service … Read More

Belleview MO post office closes over lease issue

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The post office in Belleview, Missouri, in the Arcadia Valley, closed on December 30.  It was supposed to stay open as part of POStPlan for four hours a day, but the Postal Service says that the landlord wouldn't renew the lease.  There's probably more to it than that, but the news item is brief and the area is so rural … Read More

Sale of historic Bronx Post Office moves forward; bids due Jan. 15

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The Postal Service is moving forward on the sale of the historic Bronx General Post Office at 558 Grand Concourse in New York City.  The property is listed on the USPS-CBRE Properties for Sale website, where a new Call-for-Offers announcement says interested parties should submit their bids by 5:00 p.m. on January 15.  (The listing is here.) The announcement doesn’t … Read More

Postal Workers Deliver Protest Letters to Staples

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\Postal workers with the NY Metro Area Postal Union walked from their union offices to Staples on 35th Street Avenue to deliver protest letters to Staples management indicating they aren’t happy with the stationary store hiring what they say are low-wage, non-union workers to work in the stores’ postal units.

New England Views: At rural post offices, a steady erosion of service

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Concord Monitor: Many small-town post offices have suspected that their hours, if not days, are numbered. While the U.S. Postal Service in 2012 called off drastic plans to close many rural post offices, it has been proceeding apace with other budget-cutting measures, including curtailing counter service at post offices throughout the Upper Valley. In Corinth, Hartland Four Corners and Thetford, Vt., … Read More