Section 106, Protective Covenants, and Sale of Historic Post Offices

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In her introduction to the 2012 Forum Journal on Section 106, National Trust president Stephanie Meeks notes that Section 106 requires federal agencies to “stop, look and listen” before jeopardizing historic resources. This valuable tool has saved thousands of historic sites across the country. But it only works as long as all players—preservationists and federal agencies—clearly understand Section 106 and their … Read More

Landmarks Approves Bronx Post Office’s Tranformation

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The Bronx General Post Office has been given the green light for redevelopment as retail, office, and restaurant space, with a portion carved out for the post office to remain. The Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a revised proposal on Tuesday—not a surprise, as the project was well on its way to approval when it was presented last month. Young Woo & Associates paid $19 million for … Read More

Thieves crack Canada Post “superboxes”

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The end of Canada Post's door-to-door service has introduced a new problem in Surrey, B.C.: a rise in community mailbox break-ins.  Thieves have apparently figured out how to break into Canada Post's supposedly high-security "superboxes," leaving residents' mail vulnerable.  One resident has had her box broken into three times in just a few weeks, and now she's going to rent … Read More

Historic Plant City post office discontinued, headed for sale

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Earlier this week, the Postal Service announced that the historic post office on Reynolds Street In downtown Plant City, Florida, is being discontinued.  It’s the first such discontinuance in over 16 months. The Plant City post office has been closed since June 2013, when the Postal Service shut down the 1935 facility for an emergency suspension due to deteriorating conditions, … Read More

CPWU Newsletter Feb – March 2015

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The current newsletter from Communities and Postal Workers United featured articles about  the delays being caused by the plant consolidations, the latest on the sale of the Berkeley post office, and the history of African Americans working at the post office.  Read more.

Abbyville, Kansas, post office under emergency suspension

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The Postal Service has closed the post office in Abbyville, Kansas, under an emergency suspension due to safety issues with the building.  The news item doesn't say what the problems are.  “The safety of our employees and customers is our top concern,” said Post Office Operations Manager Mike Monnington in a written announcement. “So we have temporarily suspended operations and … Read More

A postmaster has the last word on POStPlan

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This is the final week of POStPlan implementation.  On February 7, the last of the remaining 13,000 post offices will have their hours reduced, and the last of the remaining postmasters will leave their jobs. The Postal Service postponed the Reduction in Force (RIF) separation date for all remaining impacted POStPian postmasters from January 9 to February 6.  That gave … Read More

Bad weather closes three NYC post offices

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According to the Postal Service website, three New York City post offices are closed today as a result of the “heavy snowfall in the region.”  Service has been temporarily suspended for the Bronx Stadium Station (10452); the Esplanade Station (10469); and the Einstein Loop Station (10475). The weather in New York City today isn’t great, but it’s not awful. On … Read More