Bronx GPO sold, no details yet

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The Bronx General Post Office has been sold.  There’s no word yet on who the buyer is or what the plans for the building are, but the post office was definitely sold two weeks ago.  On the USPS-CBRE website, the listing says simply, "Sold." The Postal Service has not made an official announcement about the sale, and it is apparently … Read More

Representatives Serrano and Lee: Postal Service Must Halt Historic Buildings Sales

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Press release: Washington, DC – Congressman Jose Serrano and Congresswoman Barbara Lee have both called for a halt to the sale of post offices.  They have each issued press releases today explaining that multiple provisions included in the omnibus appropriations bill unveiled on Monday urged the U.S. Postal Service to halt sales of historic post office buildings. One provision instructs the … Read More

GSA auction of Yankton, SD post office closes

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The Internet auction for the former downtown Yankton Post Office has closed.  According to the General Services Administration (GSA) auction page, bidding ended at 10 a.m. Wednesday with a high bid of $206,000.  The Postal Service will now take time to evaluate the bid before accepting it.  (When the building was initially listed on the USPS-CBRE website, the asking price … Read More

Two historic post offices in Connecticut get gutted

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  When the Postal Service sold two historic post offices in Connecticut, there was probably a general sense that they would be protected by preservation laws.  But over the past few weeks, the post offices in Fairfield and Greenwich have been totally gutted, and a good portion of the Fairfield exterior has been destroyed as well.  About all that will … Read More

Group fights sale of Stamford post office

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Stamford Advocate: "A federal judge has halted the sale of the historic downtown post office to a New York developer.  U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant granted a temporary restraining order last week to the National Post Office Collaborate, the Center for Art and Mindfulness and a former post office box holder who claims the U.S. Postal Service failed to follow proper procedure in closing the facility and … 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

New report describes conflicts of interest in sales of USPS property by CBRE

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PRESS RELEASE Going Postal: U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s husband sells post offices to his friends, cheap, by Peter Byrne.  Kindle Edition available on Amazon.com (accessible on any Mac or tablet).  An excerpt is here.   The husband of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California has been selling post offices at bargain basement prices — often to his own business partners.  That’s … Read More

Santa Monica considers preservation covenant on historic (former) post office

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The historic Santa Monica post office was shut down on June 29, and now the Postal Service is preparing to sell the building.  City officials are looking for ways to protect the building by creating a “preservation covenant” that would, according to City staff, “prohibit the purchaser of the property, as well as all future owners of the property, from undertaking any … Read More

Dismantling the legacy: More post office suspensions, relocations, and sales

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The Postal Service is continuing its push to dismantle the country’s vast network of brick-and-mortar post offices. ┬áPost offices are being suspended over minor lease disputes, historic buildings are being sold to the highest bidder, and retail services are being moved to smaller, usually less convenient locations. Post offices just don’t seem very important to the leadership of the Postal … Read More