Buyer opts out of purchase of historic Berkeley Post Office

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The US Attorneys' office has notified the City of Berkeley that the prospective buyer of the Berkeley main post office has exercised an option to cancel the sale, which was set to close on December 22. News that the development firm of Hudson McDonald was the buyer of the post office was reported by Berkeleyside in early November, after weeks … Read More

National Trust joins Berkeley in suit against Postal Service

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation has joined the City of Berkeley in a lawsuit against the Postal Service over the sale of the Berkeley Main Post Office.  The suit complains that the Postal Service has failed to comply with federal historic preservation laws prior to entering into a contract for sale of the building.  The National Trust’s complaint is … Read More

Historic Berkeley Post Office under contract to be sold

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Judith Scherr For the Contra Costa Times: Confirming rumors buzzing around City Hall, the U.S. Postal Service told the Contra Costa Times that the historic downtown Berkeley Post Office is "under contract but not yet sold."  An email from the city attorney Thursday to the City Council — leaked to the Berkeley Daily Planet — sets out a process for an eventual lawsuit … Read More

USPS may challenge Berkeley rezoning in court

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The U.S. Postal Service may file a lawsuit challenging Berkeley's rezoning of the area around the downtown post office. This week the City Council is slated to approve a proposal to establish more restrictive development standards in Berkeley’s civic center. Postal Service spokesman Augustine Ruiz Jr. said via email Monday that “The Postal Service is evaluating all options with respect … Read More

Congressional vote blocks Berkeley post office sale

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Berkeley's hopes of keeping its century-old post office off the auction block have gotten a boost in Congress, where a bipartisan House bill urges the Postal Service to refrain from selling historic buildings, including Berkeley's, while the U.S. inspector general investigates whether the agency is violating preservation laws.  Read more.

LA Times: Berkeley making the rounds to save its historic post office

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LA Times:  "Plenty of communities have resisted the U.S. Postal Service's sweeping real estate sell-off, battling to keep open historic buildings that speak of bygone civic grandeur and to guarantee old-fashioned mail service for the public. Few have succeeded. But this is Berkeley, home of the Free Speech Movement and protracted protests over civil rights, Vietnam and more. So when the … Read More

Wall Street Journal: New Route to Stop Sale of Berkeley, Calif., Post Office

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Community groups and elected officials around the country are protesting as the cash-starved U.S. Postal Service shuts down and sells post offices in a bid to raise money and cut expenses.  The Wall Street Journal focuses on the efforts to stop the sale of the historic post office in Berkeley.  Watch the video here.  Read more.

Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association weighs in on sale of Berkeley PO

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The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA) has written a letter to the Postal Service challenging the USPS finding of no significant impact with regard to the disposal of the historic Berkeley post office.  BAHA reiterates the Berkeley City Council’s request that any action concerning the proposed sale of the Post Office be deferred for a one-year term in order to … Read More

Post Office Collaborate opts in on NHPA review of sale of Berkeley PO

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The National Post Office Collaborate, a Berkeley-based group fighting the sale of historic post offices across the country, has written to the California State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), requesting permission to participate in the Section 106 consultation process for the sale of the Berkeley post office.  The Postal Service has generally argued that it isn't required to follow the National … Read More

Historic Berkeley Post Office is listed for sale on CBRE website

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The historic post office in Berkeley, California, is now being listed on the USPS-CBRE Properties for Sale website.  No price yet.  The listing went up over this past weekend, and it has already evoked some colorful responses. City councilman Jesse Arreguín released the following statement: ”It’s not often that one encounters such brazen bad faith — even in politics!  The USPS cannot on … Read More