San Simeon post office closes due to safety concerns


New Times: The San Simeon, Calif., post office that was inside the Hearst Corporation-owned Sebastian building stopped providing services on Aug. 1 due to safety concerns.

Dean Cameron, a leasing real estate specialist for the U.S. Postal Service, said the Postal Service was already proposing to relocate the retail office last year, due to expected building renovations and the imminent end of their lease on Jan. 31, 2020.

“As part of [The Hearst Corporation] preparation to remodel, they had a structural engineer go in the building for inspection, and the engineer recommended that in the event of a severe wind storm or an earthquake, the building could face significant damage,” Cameron said.

The Hearst Corporation shared that information with the Postal Service, he said, and after consulting with the Postal Services’ safety experts, it was decided that the employees of the San Simeon location should vacate the building.

According to the safety experts, if the Postal Service didn’t vacate the building, it would not only put the employees at risk but its customers as well.  Read more.