Napans rally to protest post office demolition plans


A coalition of local, state and federal officials is rallying to save the earthquake-damaged downtown Napa post office following an announcement by U. S. Postal Service that it plans to demolish it. 

“We need to have more information on how the USPS came to the conclusion that demolition is the only alternative,” said Ken MacNab, Napa city planning manager. “It seems premature to make that conclusion.”

The USPS “definitely jumped the gun,” said Stacey DeShazo, director of Napa County Landmarks, a nonprofit that seeks to preserve Napa history and buildings of interest.

“I find it unacceptable that the USPS would pursue demolition of a historic post office when alternative options for preservation have not been exhausted,” wrote Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena. “The USPS has not engaged the public in meaningful dialog” about the future of the building.  Read more.