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

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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.

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Scappoose, Oregon, Post Office named historic place

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thechronicleonline.com: 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.

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Feds approve deal to insulate Trump from Post Office hotel

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Politico: The government agency serving as a landlord for the Trump hotel that sits on federal property in downtown Washington has approved an arrangement where President Donald Trump will maintain a financial interest in the project but agree not to receive any profits or other funds while he serves as president.

The General Services Administration concluded that Trump’s pledge not to take money from the Old Post Office project resolves concerns that language in the lease declares that no government employee should be permitted to benefit from the lease.

“What this accomplishes is that the funds generated by the hotel will not flow to the President through DJT Holdings LLC,” contracting officer Kevin Terry wrote in a letter dated Thursday. “Based on my review of the Lease, discussions with Tenant, and documents submitted by Tenant, I have determined that Tenant is in full compliance” with the provision prohibiting benefits to government employees, Terry added.  Read more.

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Benton County residents work to save old Bentonville, Arkansas, Post Office

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Democrat Gazette: The old post office on the downtown square in Bentonville, Arkansas, may be demolished.  The building currently serves as the Benton County Courthouse Annex, and local officials are working on plans for a new courts building.

A Rogers man with an interest in Northwest Arkansas history staged a one-man demonstration Thursday aiming to bring attention to the old Post Office building and generating support for its preservation.

Randy McCrory organized the gathering with some encouragement but no promises of support, he said as he took a post on the northeast corner of the square in Bentonville. Cindy Acree of Bentonville stopped to talk and then offered to help hold signs and talk to passing motorists. A few pedestrians asked questions and many motorists offered nods and “thumbs up’ gestures.

Benton County’s justices of the peace are expected to finalized the decision to build a courts facility downtown when the Quorum Court meets at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Quorum Courtroom of the County Administration Building, 215 E. Central Ave. in Bentonville.

A handful stopped traffic briefly to ask for more information. Others stared straight ahead and drove on.

“My goal is to have that building preserved,” McCrory said. “It was built in 1935 so it’s got a lot of history associated with it.”

The county is working on plans for a courts facility. The justices of the peace and county judge have endorsed a location on Northeast Second Street but no decision has been made about whether to save the old Post Office building, which now houses Circuit Judge Brad Karren’s court.

Acree said the building is one of a handful of buildings remaining giving Bentonville some of the “small town” flavor of its past.

“There’s a lot of history here and a lot of people who appreciate how the community has always pulled together to preserve our heritage.”

Acree said she hopes the county will consider every alternative available that will leave the building intact.  Read more.  More here.

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