Sale of air rights over Old Chelsea post office causes controversy


As predicted in an article on this website back in September, the proposed sale of the air rights for the Old Chelsea Station office in Manhattan is causing controversy.  At this point, the main issue is how the the Postal Service went about notifying — or failing to notify — community groups and elected officials.  

New York State Senator Brad Hoylman said that the lack of notification was “outrageous” and spoke to a larger “disturbing pattern,” as the community also wasn’t told about last year’s possible sale of Old Chelsea Station.  “This is a federal agency that seems to have disregard and even contempt, I would suggest, for the local community because they have kept it in the dark about the disposition of this property,” said Hoylman. “The post office is trying to do this without any consultation from the community and we’re, as a result, going to be pushing back hard.”  Read more at "Postal Service Air Rights Outreach a Dead Letter Effort" in Chelsea Now.