Thursday, February 2, 2017

Downtown Richmond P.O.



Downtown Richmond, CA post office for sale

pointrichmondpoint.blogspot   Thursday, February 2, 2017

RICHMOND - The East Bay Times reported this morning that the U.S. Postal Service plans to shut the historic downtown Richmond Post office and sell the building, constructed in 1938.

     The announcement came Wednesday and has already drawn criticism from city officials and advocates for downtown Richmond.

    The Times reported that the group Richmond Main Street has a campaign in progress called Save the Downtown Post Office.

     All postal operations currently in the building will be moved to a postal facility about a mile away.

   



RICHMOND — The United States Postal Service announced Wednesday that it plans to close the downtown post office, a historic building considered a landmark for the city, dealing a blow to Richmond’s efforts to attract more investment to the area.

The art deco building at 1025 Nevin Ave. was built in 1938 as part of the New Deal program launched by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression. It once was a hub for the city and featured colorful murals, including one recently rediscoverd after it was missing for more than 40 years.

The closure comes as the U.S. Postal Service tries to address its financial struggles by trying to sell assets and trim costs. A major part of the post office’s financial problems stems from a congressional mandate that requires the agency to prefund its pension plans, a unique requirement not asked of any other governmental agency. Already, dozens of historic post offices around the country have been put on the market, including ones in Berkeley and Napa.

Once the sale is finalized, the retail operation of the downtown Richmond post office will be moved to an existing postal facility about a mile way where letter carriers are already based, according to Augustine Ruiz, a spokesman for the United States Postal Service.

“The Nevin Avenue location is too big and is a building that no longer serves our purposes,” Ruiz said.

The sale will not affect the three postal employees who work at the Nevin Avenue location, he said.

The postal service, which does not receive tax dollars for its operating expenses but is exempt from paying federal taxes, posted a net loss of about $5.6 billion for fiscal year 2016. It also reported a $5.1 billion net loss for fiscal 2015. In a November news release, the postal service blamed the loss on a $5.8 billion obligation to prefund future retiree benefits.

Wednesday’s announcement was roundly criticized by city officials and other advocates of downtown who have sought to attract new housing and businesses to the area. The post office serves employees of nearby Kaiser hospital, a Social Security Administration building, several county office buildings, many small businesses, along with residents of numerous apartments and housing developments in the area.

The post office “is a landmark and central to the historic fabric of the downtown district,” said Amanda Elliott, executive director of the Main Street Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing downtown Richmond. “Richmond is woefully underserved in many aspects and closing the main post office in the city will add to this unfortunate trend.”

Richmond Main Street has launched a Save the Downtown Post Office campaign and is urging the public to write letters to the postal service.

There are only two other post offices serving the city’s 110,000 residents. The new location of the consolidated post office will be on a dead end street away from the business district and cutoff by BART tracks, far from bus stops or BART.

The City Council plans to discuss the issue and adopt a resolution opposing the closure at its Feb. 7 meeting.

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The United States Postal Service (USPS) has publicly noticed the closure of the Post Office at 1025 Nevin Avenue.
Richmond Main Street strongly believes that the closure of this post office location would be detrimental to all residents and businesses. 

We are sending  the following letter  to advocate that this post office location remain open.
We encourage you to voice your concerns by submitting comments to:
  Jody Lowe Real Estate Specialist USPS Facilities Office PO Box 27497 Greensboro, NC 27498-1103

Comments must be received by February 8, 2017.




Please also consider making the following actions:
Calling the Richmond Postmaster
Ms. Gurpreet Sohal
District Operations Office
(510) 874-8252
Contact Congressman Mark DeSaulnier Call Richmond Office (510) 620-1000
Call Washington Office (202) 225-2095
Send an email



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