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.


Feds approve deal to insulate Trump from Post Office hotel


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.


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


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.


Meeting set on moving Youngstown’s North Side post office


WFMJ: People using a post office on the North Side of Youngstown, Ohio, may have to go elsewhere if the United States Postal Service has its way.

Postal officials have notified the city that they want to relocate services offered at the current branch at 1716 Guadalupe Avenue.

A letter from U.S. Postal Service Real Estate Specialist David Wolff to Youngstown Mayor John McNally says the postal service is considering the relocation as a cost cutting measure.  The post office letter says that because people are utilizing electronic communication, fewer letters are being mailed.

An official from the post office will discuss what is being characterized as “tentative” plans for the move at a public hearing scheduled in Youngstown City Council Chambers, 26 S. Phelps Street, on March 27, 3 p.m.  Read more.


The coconuts are in the mail: Citizens challenge proposal to close the Lihue Post Office (video)


The Postal Service is planning to close the post office in Lihue, Hawaii, and to sell the building, a historic structure built in 1939 during the New Deal that is on the Hawaii State Register and the National Register of Historic Places.  The Postal Service plans to relocate retails services to a USPS facility at the airport.

This video  features the public meeting on the proposed closure, as well as Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho delivering coconuts to mail to USPS real estate specialist Dean Cameron. (Mailing coconuts is not unusual in Hawaii thanks to the Post-a-Nut program, begun in 1991 by Hoolehua Postmaster Margaret Keahi-Leary.)

The video was put together by Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School students.

There’s more about the closing of the Lihue post office here and here.

Architect Palmer Hafdahl with Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho delivering coconuts to mail to USPS real estate specialist Dean Cameron (Photo by Pat Griffin)

(Photo: Coconuts signed and ready for mailing, by Pat Griffin)


Rep. Adrian Smith weighs in on Grand Island post office relocation proposal

SteveBlog A controversial proposal to move the downtown post office in Grand Island, NE to the city’s west side is getting a lot of attention.

Just weeks ago, residents voiced their frustrations with the change at a public forum and now that discussion is continuing in our nation’s capital.

A controversial proposal to relocate the only post office in a town of 50,000 residents is on Congressman Adrian Smith’s radar.

“I have heard from Nebraskans specifically folks from around Grand Island,” Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE) said.

The U.S. Postal Service may relocate its only office in the heart of downtown to a postal owned facility over three miles away. According to the USPS, the reason for the move is to save money.  Read more.

(Photo credit: News Channel Nebraska)


Congressman wants fair warning of closure of historic Richmond CA post office


Richmond Standard: An announcement by the U.S. Post Office earlier this year that it intends to close the 1025 Nevin Ave. branch and sell the property has prompted action by Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11).

DeSaulnier is demanding that the U.S. Postal Service provide at least 10 days advance notice to Congressional offices if and when it decides to close, sell, move or reduce operations at any branch.

The congressman introduced the advanced-notice measure in the bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act (H.R. 756). The measure is expected to be voted on in the House of Representatives in the near future and was unanimously adopted by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

DeSaulnier has expressed an intention to fight to keep the 1025 Nevin Ave. branch open. He said with advance warning of a branch’s closure or sale, the public has a chance to share thoughts and concerns. He wasn’t happy that he learned about the impending closure the same way the public did: Via a paper notice posted at the branch on Jan. 25.  Read more.


Community upset over Whitehaven post office closing in Memphis, TN


WMC Action News: Some people in the Whitehaven community in Memphis, Tenn. [a predominantly African-American community], are boiling mad about plans to close a longtime neighborhood post office.

Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen and some Memphis City Council Members are calling for the Postal Service to reconsider plans to relocate the Louis Carruthers Post Office from Whitehaven to Hacks Cross Road.

Spencer Green said he has used this post office frequently for years–sometimes several times during the week.

“The next one that I know of is kind of down Winchester, so that’s a little ways away so this way is real convenient,” Green said.

Now the U.S. Postal Service wants to relocate the Louis Carruthers Post Office that’s in Whitehaven right by Memphis International Airport.

“That’s crazy…that’s crazy,” Green said.  Read more.


Fire Destroys Winthrop ME Post Office and Its Contents


Maine NewsOfficials say a fire swept through the post office in downtown Winthrop, destroying both the building and the pieces of mail that were inside.

Crews say the blaze began around 9 a.m. Tuesday. A clerk saw a ceiling tile fall and smoke began spreading through building.

Everyone safely evacuated, but fire officials say flames consumed the building within minutes.

Town Fire Chief Dan Brooks says faulty heating equipment in the ceiling may have started the fire. The cause remains under investigation.

The U.S. Postal Service says there is no timetable for resuming operations.

Source: Read more.

(Photo credits: Fire at Winthrop PO; Winthrop PO)


Fort Pierce FL finds buyer for historic Orange Avenue post office


TC Palm: After two years and five offers, city officials finally sold the historic post office building at the northwest corner of Orange Avenue and Fifth Street in Fort Pierce, .

The City Commission on Tuesday accepted the $139,000 offer from Fort Pierce residents Stanley and Jean Synkoski for the half-acre lot at 500 Orange Ave. that the couple plans to turn into a food, beverage and retail center featuring local goods.

“We want to capture the essence and the energy of the downtown Fort Pierce Farmer’s Market, but put it in a building seven days a weeks,” Stanley Synkoski said Friday.

Construction could start this summer, said Stanley Synkoski, who has 40 years in the hospitality industry and is a partner in a group that operates food, beverage and specialty retail products n airports.

The retail center would sell beach apparel, jewelry, arts and crafts from local artists, handmade candles, home décor and stationary, according to city records…

The 82-year-old, two-story building with the entrance facing Orange Avenue has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2002 for its architectural significance….

The city purchased the property for $100,000 from the U.S. Postal Service in 2002.  Read more.