Congresswoman Barbara Lee proposes moratorium on sale of historic post offices

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee 
of California (13th District) has introduced legislation to halt the sale and consolidation of historic Postal Service facilities. The Moratorium on US Historic Postal Buildings Act would prevent the Postal Service from selling any facility until all buildings listed or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places are removed from the auction block.  The text of … Read More

Sold American: An inventory of USPS disposed properties, 2009-2014

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The Postal Service has sold over 500 properties over the past five years, but it hasn’t released much information about the disposals.  A few weeks ago, however, the Postal Service finally updated its Owned Facilities report, so it’s now possible to learn more about which properties have been sold off. The overall scope of the disposal program has not been … Read More

CBRE arranges sale of Bronx GPO to one of its clients

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The New York Daily News is reporting that the Postal Service has sold the Bronx General Post Office to Youngwoo & Associates.  Back in February, The Real Deal had reported that Youngwoo was proposing to use the site to build a marketplace in the vein of the company’s unsuccessful plan for the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx. The founder and … Read More

Bronx GPO sold, no details yet

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The Bronx General Post Office has been sold.  There’s no word yet on who the buyer is or what the plans for the building are, but the post office was definitely sold two weeks ago.  On the USPS-CBRE website, the listing says simply, "Sold." The Postal Service has not made an official announcement about the sale, and it is apparently … Read More

Representatives Serrano and Lee: Postal Service Must Halt Historic Buildings Sales

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Press release: Washington, DC – Congressman Jose Serrano and Congresswoman Barbara Lee have both called for a halt to the sale of post offices.  They have each issued press releases today explaining that multiple provisions included in the omnibus appropriations bill unveiled on Monday urged the U.S. Postal Service to halt sales of historic post office buildings. One provision instructs the … Read More

GSA auction of Yankton, SD post office closes

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The Internet auction for the former downtown Yankton Post Office has closed.  According to the General Services Administration (GSA) auction page, bidding ended at 10 a.m. Wednesday with a high bid of $206,000.  The Postal Service will now take time to evaluate the bid before accepting it.  (When the building was initially listed on the USPS-CBRE website, the asking price … Read More

Two historic post offices in Connecticut get gutted

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  When the Postal Service sold two historic post offices in Connecticut, there was probably a general sense that they would be protected by preservation laws.  But over the past few weeks, the post offices in Fairfield and Greenwich have been totally gutted, and a good portion of the Fairfield exterior has been destroyed as well.  About all that will … Read More

Group fights sale of Stamford post office

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Stamford Advocate: "A federal judge has halted the sale of the historic downtown post office to a New York developer.  U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant granted a temporary restraining order last week to the National Post Office Collaborate, the Center for Art and Mindfulness and a former post office box holder who claims the U.S. Postal Service failed to follow proper procedure in closing the facility and … Read More

Film producer may buy historic Santa Monica post office

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Looks like owning a historic post office is becoming a Hollywood fad.  First producer Joel Silver (The Matrix, Die Hard) bought the Venice post office and turned it into a production studio and office.  Now producer David Ellison (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, World War Z) is in talks to buy the Santa Monica post office.  Ellison is at work on … Read More

New report describes conflicts of interest in sales of USPS property by CBRE

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PRESS RELEASE Going Postal: U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s husband sells post offices to his friends, cheap, by Peter Byrne.  Kindle Edition available on Amazon.com (accessible on any Mac or tablet).  An excerpt is here.   The husband of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California has been selling post offices at bargain basement prices — often to his own business partners.  That’s … Read More