Former Ardmore Station post office in Winston-Salem is being demolished

SteveBlog The former Ardmore Station post office at 229 Miller St. in Winston-Salem, NC, is being demolished, but property owner Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has not detailed its plans for the site.

“While the building demolition is underway, we still have programming, planning and design to complete,” said Mac Ingraham, a spokesman for the medical center.

The Ardmore Station post office opened in 1963 and was one of the busiest and most popular post offices in Winston-Salem.  Read more.


Passaic County renovating old Paterson, NJ, post office for $8 million


Paterson Times: The old downtown Paterson post office is expected to undergo a massive restoration, according to Passaic County records.

The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders awarded an $8 million contract to Elizabeth-based H&S Construction & Mechanical for asbestos removal, general construction, renovation, and installation of a new elevator.

Constructed in 1899, the Flemish style building, housed the main post office for the City of Paterson until 1932. Passaic County acquired the building in 1937 to house its administrative offices.

It soon became known as the Passaic County Courthouse Annex. The building last provided office space to Passaic County Probation. It has been closed to the public since 2011.

Both the Passaic County Courthouse and the Courthouse Annex were named to the National Register of Historic Places and the New Jersey Register of Historic Places in 2015. The courthouse is located at 73-78 Hamilton Street and Courthouse Annex at 63-65 Hamilton Street.  Read more


Swedish contractor to turn famous New York post office into train hub


Global Construction Review: Swedish contractor Skanska has signed a contract with Empire State Development Corporation (ESD) and developers Related Companies and Vornado Realty Trust to rehabilitate the historic James A. Farley Post Office Building in New York City. The design-build contract is worth $1.26bn which will be included in the US order bookings for the second quarter 2017.

The renovated Farley Building will include the new, 24,000-square-meter (255,000-square-foot) Moynihan Train Hall (pictured), a dramatic conversion of an original, century-old U.S. Postal Service mail sorting room.

Featuring a new glass canopy roof, as well as elevator and escalator access to all platforms serving the Long Island Rail Road and Amtrak, the Train Hall will improve access for Pennsylvania (Penn) Station’s 650,000 estimated daily rail customers.  Read more.


Rio Nido, CA, Post Office closure surprises longtime customers

SteveBlog Postal customers were buzzing on Saturday over the sudden closing of the post office in Rio Nido, Calif., a small town near Santa Rosa.  (It’s a contract post office, so the Postal Service does not hold a public meeting or follow any of the other steps in a normal discontinuance process.)

 “This is upsetting to all of us,” said Joy Given, a 30-year resident of Rio Nido where the post office has been a fixture since 1908.

The U.S. Postal Service on Friday told customers the Rio Nido Post Office will shut its single retail window for good on Tuesday, June 20. Box holders who get their mail in Rio Nido can still pick up letters and packages there until the end of the month, June 30. After that the boxes will be physically removed and relocated to the Guerneville Post Office on Mill Street, said Friday’s postal service announcement.

Rio Nido residents accustomed to walking to the post office located in the fire station building on Canyon Seven Road will now have to go three miles to Guerneville to pick up their mail, said Given. For some it will be a hardship.

“Do you know how many people here don’t have cars?” said Given.

Rio Nido has approximately 350 post office box customers whose mail will be available in Guerneville starting Monday, July 3, said the USPS announcement. “There will be no changes to the PO Box numbers or mailing address.”

The decision to close the tiny postal facility in the firehouse building was based on a money-losing trend at the operation, said USPS spokesman Augustine Ruiz Jr.

“There has been a steady decline in office visits since 2012, which has caused as much as a 122 percent loss in revenue through 2016, said Ruiz. “From 2012 through 2016, the revenue declines have outpaced the cost in compensation to maintain the contract.”

The Rio Nido postal operation is a contract post office (CPO), meaning the day-to-day operation is contracted out to a private bidder.  Read more.

There’s more about the closure in the Press Democrat, here.

(Photo credit: Kent Porter/Press Democrat)


Santa Monica’s historic post office building is back on the market, may sell for $13 million more than the USPS got for it


Santa Monica Daily Press: Santa Monica’s historic post office building is back on the market.

SkyDance Productions purchased the property in 2014 for about $27 million and has received entitlements to modify the building. However, the company has already outgrown the space and won’t occupy the site.

The application to reuse the building included a remodeled interior and construction of a new addition at the rear of the building. The remodel would reduce the first floor from 17,516 to 16,146 square feet, convert the 2,645-square-foot mezzanine level to an 8,508-square-foot second floor, add an 8,148-square-foot third floor and increase the basement from 13,807 to 16,516 square feet. The project proposes a new 32-foot-tall, 14,490-square-foot building to be built at the rear of the existing landmark building.

However, in the three years since purchasing the site, the SkyDance has grown substantially. Trevor Nelson of Pegasus Investments (who along with TC Macker and Lee Polster of Coldwell Banker have been hired to facilitate the sale), said SkyDance now has too many employees to fit in even the rebuilt project. Therefore, owner David Ellison has decided to put the building back on the market and look for a larger space in the Santa Monica area.

“He did not go into it with the idea of buying and reselling,” said Nelson. “He hoped this would be the forever home of the company.”

Nelson estimated the building could be sold for as much as $40 million but said the price hasn’t been set and the seller is taking offers to determine market value.  Read more.