Bronx GPO interior gets landmark status

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The Landmarks Conservancy has agreed to grant landmark protection status to the interior of the Bronx General Post Office, with its priceless murals by Ben Shahn, one of America’s leading Social Realist artists.  The exterior had been declared a landmark previously, so this extends protection to the interior as well.  Video here.

Village Post Office opens Thursday; fire destroys post office Friday

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On Friday, a fire of unknown origins destroyed the post office in the small town of Stopover, Kentucky.  It could be just a coincidence, but the odd thing is that a Village Post Office opened in Stopover the day before.  The post office is part of POStPlan, and the hours were reduced to four a day earlier this year.  Now box … Read More

PRC dismisses appeal to stop Berkeley post office sale

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An appeal to stop the sale of the historic 99-year-old post office in Downtown Berkeley was dismissed by the Postal Regulatory Commission on Tuesday. The appeal, filed by Mayor Tom Bates, contends that the U.S. Postal Service should select a site for the Berkeley main post office’s relocation before selling the building and did not consider how the sale will … Read More

Is there a pattern here? Three more post offices closing over “lease disputes”

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The Postal Service has a long history of using manufactured problems over lease negotiations to close post offices by emergency suspension, to initiate a discontinuance procedure, and to justify relocations to smaller spaces.  The Postal Service typically tells the media that the landlord terminated the lease or the parties couldn’t come to an agreement.  Just as typically, the landlord reveals … Read More

No way! PRC rejects appeal on post office closure for being late — by one day

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Last Friday afternoon, the Postal Regulatory Commission sent letters to the folks appealing the closure of the Franklin Station post office in Somerset County, New Jersey, telling them the appeals had been filed too late and were consequently being rejected.  The appeals were postmarked one day after the filing deadline. The Commission’s decision is disturbing for a number of reasons. … Read More

Historic Palmer Square post office in Princeton headed for sale

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The Postal Service moved another step closer toward shutting down the historic Palmer Square post office in Princeton, N.J.  A 30-day comment period began on August 9, giving citizens a chance to have input (not that it will matter).   The Postal Service wanted to sell the building back in 2011, but the process was delayed by the state’s Historic … 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