New post office to replace historic PO in Stamford CT

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After nearly two years without a permanent post office, downtown Stamford CT will finally have a new location next spring.  The Postal Service confirmed this week that it would open a new post office at 550 Summer St. to replace the historic post office it closed in 2013.  Read more.  

Postal Service proposes changing environmental regulations on post office disposals

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The Postal Service has proposed a revision of federal regulations that would help it avoid going through an extensive environmental review process when disposing of postal properties like post offices.  The Postal Service wants to make things easier because it has many more sales planned for the future.  As the posting in the Federal Register says today, “The Postal Service … Read More

Postal Service fights appeal on Stamford CT post office

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A few weeks ago, the PRC's Public Representative argued that the closing of the historic post office in Stamford, Conn., should be viewed as a de facto discontinuance, not an emergency suspension, and she said the Postal Service's explanation for the closure — unsafe building conditions — was "disingenuous" because it had said just a few days earlier that the reason was … Read More

PRC Public Rep lays into Postal Service on Stamford closing

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The Public Representative of the Postal Regulatory Commission has filed comments responding to the Postal Service's Motion to Dismiss the appeal on the closing of the post office in Stamford, Conn.  The comments are worth reading.   The Postal Service initially said it closed the post office because the sale of the buildig was proceeding, but then it changed the … Read More

Stamford PO lanterns removed to undisclosed location

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The Postal Service has removed two iconic lanterns that adorned the Atlantic Street Post Office in Stamford, Conn., after vandals damaged and pilfered parts off of one.  A USPS spokeswoman said the lanterns have been moved to an undisclosed location to discourage thieves from trying to track them down.   The damage to the historic building did not end with the lantern.  A brass … Read More

Postal Service to revisit NEPA review on Stamford PO

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According to a ruling issued today in the U.S. District Court, the Postal Service "has decided to revisit its NEPA review for the Atlantic Street Station."  Apparently this means that the Postal Service will at least consider doing an environmental impact review of the impacts of its sale of the historic Stamford post office.  The Court has issued a preliminary … Read More

Court stops sale of Stamford post office—again

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The Stamford Advocate has an article about the temporary injunction granted by the District Court to stop the sale of the historic Atlantic Street Station post office.  "This week, U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Atherton granted a temporary injunction barring the sale of the post office to the Cappelli Organization, again. A federal judge granted a temporary restraining order last month, which expired. … Read More

Sale of Stamford post office on hold: U.S. District Court grants temporary injunction

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Yesterday there were several important developments in the fight over the historic Atlantic Street Station post office in Stamford, Connecticut, which closed on September 20 with only two-days’ notice to customers, just as the building was about to be sold to a Westchester developer. The U.S. District Court issued a preliminary injunction to stop the sale of the historic building … Read More

Historic Stamford post office lamp damaged

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First the Postal Service closes the Stamford, Conn., post office on two-days' notice because it wants to sell the building.  Now one of the two large ornate bronze lamps in front of the shuttered historic downtown post office has been ripped off its pedestal and damaged, possibly by vandals.  The closure and sale of the post office are being challenged … 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

Sale of historic Stamford Post Office challenged in federal court

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The historic post office in Stamford, Connecticut, closed on Friday, September 20, with just two days’ notice to customers.  The Postal Service has made arrangements to sell the post office to a Westchester developer who plans to tear down a section of the building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.  The sale, however, is now being challenged … Read More

Postal Service closes Stamford CT post office: A “relocation” with no new location

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The Postal Service is closing the historic 1916 post office in Stamford, Connecticut, on Friday — without ever having conducted a discontinuance study. That’s because the Postal Service classified the closing as a “relocation” rather than a “discontinuance.”  Relocation decisions are covered by a different set of postal regulations, which are much less stringent than the regulations for closures, and … 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