Apr 9 2017

Piedmont Post Office Near Piedmont Avenue Could be Replaced by Condos

Will the Post Office near Piedmont Avenue continue to function after 2018? The Piedmont Avenue Neighborhood Improvement League (PANIL) reports that the rented site attracted the interest of a developer:

“A developer has come forward with a plan to build condos for “empty nesters” on the site of our heavily used U.S. Post Office at 195 – 41st Street. The proposal requires Design Review and permits for condos from the city’s Zoning Department. No formal application has been submitted as of January 31, 2017, but both of those permissions will involve public notification and public comments, possibly in the next month. The post office’s lease runs until some time in 2018.”

PANIL has organized a campaign to keep the local post office and encourages users to  Sign the petition online or   download the petition as a PDF

Piedmont Mayor, Jeff Wieler can be contacted at: jwieler@ci.piedmont.ca.us

The Postal Service has been selling off post office locations across the country for several years. In April 2015 the Postal Service gave up its plan to sell the historic post office on Allston Way in Berkeley, California.Berkeley’s Opponents Prevented the Sale of its Main Post Office

A lawsuit had been filed by the City of Berkeley and the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2014.  The complaints argued that the Postal Service had failed to comply with federal historic preservation and environmental protection laws (NHPA and NEPA) prior to entering into a contract for sale of the building. U.S. District Court judge William Alsup dismissed the lawsuits on the ground that they were moot after the Postal Service agreed to his requirement that it make a binding commitment to rescind its decision to relocate retail services and to confirm that the building is no longer for sale.

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