Morristown NJ may buy its historic post office


Morristown Green: It’s not your typical fixer-upper.

Walls are crumbling. Ceilings have gaping holes. Once-shiny brass fixtures hide under coats of paint. Bathrooms look like they have not been used–or cleaned–since the Wilson Administration, when the Morristown Post Office opened.

Still, town officials saw possibilities when they toured the place on Friday.

“I’m excited about the prospect of restoring this magnificent, sadly neglected facility,” said Morristown Administrator Jillian Barrick.

The Postal Service wants to sell the century-old building, which is virtually empty, and move its two-person retail operation to a smaller space within walking distance of the historic Morristown Green.

A handful of places within a few blocks of the Green might suffice, according to CBRE realty broker Geoffrey Schuber, who said Postal Officials plan to take a look very soon. In the meantime, he said he has shown the Post Office to almost a dozen potential buyers, including town officials.

Bidding could start within a week or two, Schuber said.  The facility contains about 17,000 square feet of space, he said, and comes with eight parking spaces. The Postal Service could not be reached for comment on Friday.  Read more.


Historic post office building in Niles MI may become marijuana dispensary


WNDU: A potential buyer has approached the city of Niles, Mich., about buying the former post office and opening a marijuana dispensary inside.  (According to Wikipedia, the Old U.S. Post Office in Niles was built in 1909 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.  The city of Niles took ownership of the building in 1983.)

It’s no longer of a question of if. Medical marijuana is coming to Nile whether you like it or not. But some questions remain, like “how?” and “where?”

The Niles City Council work group tried to figure out the answer to those questions Monday night.

After the meeting, it looks like they’re officially ready to start writing up an ordinance for each of the medical marijuana processes as it moves in at the end of the year.

The meeting was essentially filled with council members going back and forth with their opinions on how each of the 5 processes (grower, processor, secure shipping, provisioning center, safety compliance facility) should play out.

“I think we should let the market work and fill up these vacant spaces,” Mayor Nick Shelton said.

“I’m not a smoker, never have been,” Council member Charlie McAfee said. “But if I had cancer or whatever I would learn how real quick.”  Read more.


Five Houston post offices saved, but one still on chopping block


Houston Chronicle: After years of uncertainty, five neighborhood post offices in Houston have been given reprieves from closure but one station in west Houston’s Energy Corridor remains under review.

The news, revealed by the U.S. Postal Service this week, received a mixed reaction from Memorial Super Neighborhood President Greg Sergesketter, whose communities south of Katy Freeway stand to still lose the Fleetwood Station at 315 Addicks Howell, but learned that the Memorial Park Station on Town and Country – also in his jurisdiction – will be saved.

He said cutting post offices amid west Houston’s booming residential development – and with 90,000 employees in the Energy Corridor – seems counterintuitive.

“We certainly understand the post office is under financial issues, but we also understand you’ve got to look at the community and see if it really makes sense,” he said, speaking as an area resident and not on behalf of the Super Neighborhood. “Is it because the post office is not needed here?”

Sergesketter added that many area residents expressed opposition during a September 2015 meeting with Postal Service officials and later through letters.

“It was bad enough when we were going to lose Town and Country and then they put both on the chopping block,” he said. “We could never get a straight answer. Now we have one off the chopping block and that’s better.”  Read more.


Scappoose, Oregon, Post Office named historic place

SteveBlog The U. S. Postal Service building in Scappoose is officially Oregon’s newest entry to the National Register of Historic Places.

A consulting firm in Portland nominated the 48-year-old building to the registry as an example of the Modern style of architecture. The building belongs to the federal government.

The Scappoose Post Office opened in February of 1966. In contrast to the monumental downtown post office buildings constructed before World War II, the “Thousands Series” post offices such as the Scappoose building were relatively small, modern in appearance, and featured a 24-hour lobby including postal boxes, will-call counter, and a retail space.  Read more.