USPS properties for lease: Business as usual or a new approach to excess space?

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The Postal Service and its real estate broker CBRE have created a new website advertising postal properties for lease.  It’s the companion site to the USPS-CBRE Properties for Sale website, which went up in November 2011.  The domain name for the new site was registered in April 2013, but the site may have gone online just in the past few weeks. … Read More

Film producer may buy historic Santa Monica post office

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Looks like owning a historic post office is becoming a Hollywood fad.  First producer Joel Silver (The Matrix, Die Hard) bought the Venice post office and turned it into a production studio and office.  Now producer David Ellison (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, World War Z) is in talks to buy the Santa Monica post office.  Ellison is at work on … Read More

Opponents of historic post office’s closure in Glendale speak out

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The Postal Service is moving forward on its plan to sell the 1936 post office in Glendale, California.  As with so many other New Deal post offices in California — Venice, Santa Monica, La Jolla, Ukiah, and Berkeley — the Postal Service says the building is too large and it would prefer to lease a small space.  As usual, the … Read More

Public meeting planned on possible closure of historic Glendale post office

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Postal Service officials will hold a public meeting on Thursday about a proposal to relocate retail services from the historic post officein Glendale, California. The post office was built in 1934 and it is listed on the Glendale Register of Historic Resources and the National Register of Historic Places.  “Given that the building is a historic landmark, we believe that … Read More

The Postal Service moves forward on selling the historic post offices in Berkeley and the Bronx

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Yesterday two of the country’s most significant historic post offices — the 1916 Berkeley post office and the 1935 Bronx GPO — came a step closer to being sold. Mr. Tom Samra, USPS Vice President, Facilities, rendered his final decision on the Berkeley post office.  The Postal Service will relocate retail services to a yet-to-be-determined location, and the historic building … Read More

Legacy at risk: The OIG audits the Postal Service’s disposal of historic properties

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The USPS Office of Inspector General is preparing an audit report about the sale of historic post office buildings.  The objective of the study is “to review the Postal Service’s process and plans for the disposal and preservation of historic properties.” The OIG poses two main questions: “Do you think the Postal Service follows proper procedures when disposing of historic … Read More

Resources on historic post offices

    Lists & Maps Post Offices sold aad for sale: An update on the inventory Historic Post Office Sold or For Sale Post Offices (active) on the National Register [Google Fusion Tables (with the maps) was shut down on Dec. 3, 2019. A spreadsheet version of the data is here.  A Carto map is here.] Post Offices on or … Read More

Postal Service to La Jolla: Sorry, the dismantling must go on

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The Postal Service has issued a Final Determination to relocate retail services in La Jolla, California, thus paving the way for the eventual sale of the historic New Deal post office.  Tom Samra, Vice President, Facilities, was responsible for reviewing the appeals, and not unexpectedly, he came to the same decision that he made regarding the relocation of the Bronx … Read More

Brands at risk: The OIG looks at the USPS-CBRE contract

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The USPS Office of Inspector General has just issued an audit report about the Postal Service’s contract with CB Richard Ellis.  CBRE became the Postal Service's exclusive real estate agent in June 2011.  Considering that the Postal Service leases 24,000 properties and owns 9,000, that's a big portfolio to manage, and outsourcing to CBRE was a big step.   The … Read More

Newark’s Lautenberg Post Office may be sold: Is the Senator rolling over in his grave?

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The General Services Administration (GSA) is looking to purchase the Frank L. Lautenberg Post Office and Courthouse in Newark, New Jersey, from the Postal Service.  According to a GSA prospectus from April 2013, the GSA would “demolish the postal workspace for future useable office space.” The prospectus says the Postal Service currently occupies about 300,000 square feet of the building’s 430,000 … Read More

USPS to Bronx: Drop dead — the GPO must go

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The Postal Service has decided to go ahead with the sale of the historic Bronx General Post Office.  Tom Samra, Vice President of Facilities for the USPS, has issued his “Final Decision for Relocation of Retail Services in Bronx, New York.”  (A copy is here.) The Bronx GPO is on the National Register of Historic Places, it's an official New … Read More

Binding the nation together: Berkeley and the Bronx join forces to save the post office

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For our Founding Fathers, post offices and post roads played an essential role in “binding our nation together.”  Congress reaffirmed that vision when it passed the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970: “The Postal Service shall have as its basic function the obligation to provide postal services to bind the Nation together.” The leaders of the Postal Service appear to have … Read More

Legacy for Sale: Historic Post Offices on the Market

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The New York Times has an excellent front-page article by Robin Pogrebin about the Postal Service’s push to sell off its historic post office buildings.  It includes a great photo scroll, and it’s getting lots of very lively comments. As the Times explains, the Postal Service owns nearly a quarter of its 31,000 post offices (it leases space for the rest), and … Read More