The downtown Burlingame post office could soon be moving to 1100 Howard Ave., the current location of Calico Corners, while the sale of the old location could be announced soon.
In a letter dated March 31 to Councilman Jerry Deal, the U.S. Postal Service says it reviewed several sites and the preferred site is 1100 Howard Ave., the current location of the retailer of custom home furnishings and designer fabrics.
“We believe this new location will provide the community with an upgraded, modern facility that offers a safe working environment for our employees and the level of service expected by our customers,” the letter states.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Postal Service has accepted a bid for the former post office property, at 220 Park Road, which went up for sale in August, said Deal. Grosvenor, an international property development, investment and fund management group, had expressed interest in the property but was not that bidder, he said.
“We’re just disappointed Grosvenor didn’t get the high bid,” he said. “We don’t know who it is at this point. They have accepted a bid.”
There are offers on the old building, but they’re all pending at this time, said Debbie Brady, corporate communications for the U.S. Postal Service.
As for the Howard Avenue parcel, the U.S. Postal Service is still in negotiations with the property owner, she said.
Deal added that the Howard Avenue address is a “great location” for the new post office.
City Manager Lisa Goldman said the U.S. Postal Service was looking at four sites for the relocation.
“We (city officials) haven’t really taken a position one way or another,” she said. “We really wanted it to be in downtown, so we’re really happy they’re going to be there,”
Vice Mayor Terry Nagel said.
“We will all miss our beautiful, large post office but understand the U.S. Postal Service’s need to downsize and save money,” she wrote in an email.
Calico Corners management declined to comment.
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