Historic Reading, PA post office has a potential buyer

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Reading EagleThe downtown Reading, PA post office might come under new ownership.  The building, on the east side of Fifth Street from Court to Washington streets, is at the center of negotiations between a prospective owner and the national mail carrier.

“USPS is negotiating with a buyer to allow retail operations to downsize and remain in the current location,” Karen Mazurkiewicz, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service, said. “USPS would lease back a smaller footprint.”  She had no further details.

The Postal Service had proposed closing the post office in 2013 as a means to cut costs. At the time, the agency was in a fiscal crisis, but that has passed.

The building was constructed as a post office in the late 1930s and dedicated early in 1940, according to newspaper records. It also housed the U.S. Weather Bureau office from 1940 to 1969.  Read more.

STAGES IN DISCONTINUANCE PROCESS
1   Request/approval to study for discontinuance               
2   Notice (if appropriate) to Headquarters of suspension Organizations Notify               
3   Notice (if appropriate) to customers/district personnel of suspension               
4   Highway map with community highlighted               
5   Inspection Service/local law enforcement vandalism reports               
6   Form 4920, Post Office Fact Sheet            
7  NEPA Worksheet               
8  Financial Workbook                
9  Recommendation and Service Replacement Type          
10  PM Letter Instructions Cover letter, questionnaire, and enclosures                
11   Community meeting roster               
12   Community meeting letter (Need to set before questionnaire if not held before)             
13   Proposal checklist             
14   District notification to Government Affairs             
15   Instructions to postmaster/OIC to post proposal              
16   Invitation for comments exhibit              
17   Proposal exhibit                
18   Comment form exhibit           
19   Instructions for postmaster/OIC to remove proposal             
20  Postal Service response letters to returned customer questionnaires              
21   Analysis of questionnaires              
22   Community meeting analysis            
23   Round-date stamped proposals and invitations for comments from affected offices         
24  Notification of taking proposal and comments under internal consideration        
25  Postal Service response letters to returned Proposal comments            
26   Proposal Analysis of comments          
27   Petition and Postal Service response letter (if appropriate)            
28   Congressional inquiry and Postal Service response letter (if appropriate)         
29   Log of Post Office discontinuance actions           
30   Final determination from HEADQUARTERS (Review the Final Determination prior to sending for Hq approval)    
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STAGES IN DISCONTINUANCE PROCESS
1   Request/approval to study for discontinuance               
2   Notice (if appropriate) to Headquarters of suspension Organizations Notify               
3   Notice (if appropriate) to customers/district personnel of suspension               
4   Highway map with community highlighted               
5   Inspection Service/local law enforcement vandalism reports               
6   Form 4920, Post Office Fact Sheet            
7  NEPA Worksheet               
8  Financial Workbook                
9  Recommendation and Service Replacement Type          
10  PM Letter Instructions Cover letter, questionnaire, and enclosures                
11   Community meeting roster               
12   Community meeting letter (Need to set before questionnaire if not held before)             
13   Proposal checklist             
14   District notification to Government Affairs             
15   Instructions to postmaster/OIC to post proposal              
16   Invitation for comments exhibit              
17   Proposal exhibit                
18   Comment form exhibit           
19   Instructions for postmaster/OIC to remove proposal             
20  Postal Service response letters to returned customer questionnaires              
21   Analysis of questionnaires              
22   Community meeting analysis            
23   Round-date stamped proposals and invitations for comments from affected offices         
24  Notification of taking proposal and comments under internal consideration        
25  Postal Service response letters to returned Proposal comments            
26   Proposal Analysis of comments          
27   Petition and Postal Service response letter (if appropriate)            
28   Congressional inquiry and Postal Service response letter (if appropriate)         
29   Log of Post Office discontinuance actions           
30   Final determination from HEADQUARTERS (Review the Final Determination prior to sending for Hq approval)    
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