The downtown Burlingame post office will not be moving to 1100 Howard Ave., the current location of Calico Corners, but the long-vacant 329 Primrose Road is now being considered.
In a letter dated July 9 to Councilman Jerry Deal, the U.S. Postal Service says it was unable to secure a lease for the property located at 1100 Howard Ave. that it had informed the city about in March. The Primrose location is a few doors down from Burlingame Avenue and about a block away from El Camino Real. Currently, Cafe on Primrose is next door to the space.
“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.
Parking at the proposed location should not be a problem because there is a parking lot behind the building, said U.S. Postal Service spokesman James Wigdel.
“Once all is solidified, which hinges on the sale of the old post office building, we will make the appropriate notifications,” he wrote in an email.
The new proposed address is downtown, so it should work well, Deal said. Deal agrees parking shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
“I don’t see any problem with it all,” he said. “When people go to the post office, they do multiple things; they’ll find parking.”
Conversely, Councilman Ricardo Ortiz does worry parking will be a problem at the 329 Primrose Road location. Mayor Michael Brownrigg agreed.
“Coincidentally, it is very near where the post office used to be long ago,” he said. “We have some questions about the parking, but I think it’s a fine location near the civic area of City Hall and the library.”
Meanwhile, the Postal Service does have a potential buyer in negotiations for the old post office building at 220 Park Road, but not under contract. The Postal Service is hoping to be completed with negotiations and closing within about three months, Wigdel said. There is one known possible buyer. Grosvenor, an international property development, investment and fund management group, put forward a mixed-use project using lot E — located between Lorton Avenue, Park Road, Burlingame Avenue and Howard Avenue — and the adjacent post office. Burlingame Public Works Director Syed Murtuza previously said the company has expressed interest in buying the post office property as well. It’s unclear who is in the final running for the property though.
Other councilmembers expressed their sadness in seeing the old building go.
“We will all miss our beautiful, large post office but understand the U.S. Postal Service’s need to downsize and save money,” Vice Mayor Terry Nagel previously said.
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