Postal Service officials will hold a public meeting on Thursday about a proposal to relocate retail services from the historic post officein Glendale, California. The post office was built in 1934 and it is listed on the Glendale Register of Historic Resources and the National Register of Historic Places. “Given that the building is a historic landmark, we believe that it will be difficult to minimize any adverse affects that the sale or reuse of the building would have on the property,” Greg Grammer, president of the Glendale Historical Society, said in a message to members.
Even though the plan is obviously to close and sell the building, as reported widely in the media, the Postal Service will say that it hasn't made a decision to sell the building — at this point, it is just deciding whether or not to relocate. That distinction allows the Postal Service to evade its responsibilities under the National Historic Preservation Act, just as it has done previously in Venice, Santa Monica, La Jolla, Berkeley, and elsewhere. Read more.