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Thursday, March 31, 2011

USPS Rejects Protest of Move to Playhouse Square

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said today he has received a letter from the U.S. Postal Service which essentially rejects the town’s protest of its selection of Playhouse Square for a new Main Post Image
A photo in postal archives shows the Westport Post Office under construction in 1935. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) U.S. Postal Service photo

“The U.S. Postal Service has done a disservice to the town and its residents by selecting a buyer for the present building who is unwilling to accommodate a smaller postal retail operation in its plans,” Joseloff said.

In a March 23 letter to Joseloff, Joseph J. Mulvey, a U.S.P.S. real estate specialist, said the present Westport Post Office at 154 Post Road East was one of the properties considered for the new location.

“However, the purchaser of the property has plans for the property which do not include space for the Postal Service within the building,” he said.

The Postal Service informed the town last month it intends to move the Main Post Office to Playhouse Square at 275 Post Road East. (See WestportNow Feb. 23, 1011)

It gave no timetable for the move. Joseloff responded with a March 7 letter protesting selection of Playhouse Square and reiterating the town’s desire that the Post Office remain in its present location with a smaller retail operation.

The Postal Service announced in September 2009 that hard times had forced it to sell its Post Road East building it has occupied since its opening in 1936.

Joseloff said the town had made clear to the Postal Service as it was considering several bid proposals that it favored one that included a provision for a continued, smaller postal presence in the building.

The buyer of the building has not been publicly identified and no sale has taken place pending resolution of historical-related issues of the building.

In his letter, Mulvey said the Playhouse Square property “meets our requirements, is available, and was offered in response to our search for space.”

He also said Postal Service use of the property “should not conflict with any easements affording rights to the condominium property located to the rear.”

Mulvey concluded: “We believe the Playhouse Square property will provide the community with an efficient, modern facility that offers a safe working environment for our employees and a level of service expected by our customers.”


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.......“but good luck finding a parking spot, Mulvey continued on to say.”

Posted by Billy Nistico on March 31, 2011 at 09:50 PM | #

I would strongly suggest that we townsfolk boycott, for the long term, any business, office or service that the new owner of the PO building has in mind.  If he insists on impacting our town so negatively by refusing to rent a small portion to the United States Post Office, why should ANYONE patronize a facility from which he profits?

Posted by Daniel Katz on April 01, 2011 at 09:35 AM | #

Pot calling the Kettle Black…. If the town government is upset the USPS is not listening as to how they want the PO property used… look in the mirror and hear the electorate opinion on Baron South….. frustrating isn’t it .....

Posted by chip stephens on April 01, 2011 at 11:48 AM | #

It seems a little odd that the USPS is going to sell a building that they own free and clear so they can rent. Not quite sure where the savings are.

Posted by David Abrams on April 01, 2011 at 01:02 PM | #

If anybody should be the target of a boycott, it should be the USPS.  Switch to electronic billing and electronic bill paying and purchase of stamps, and trips to the post office, can be cut way back.  Use FedEx or UPS instead of Express Mail or parcel post.

Posted by Philip M Perlah on April 01, 2011 at 04:54 PM | #

Yeah, let’s let UPS renew our passports and send registered letters.  We need the services a post office provides.

Posted by john shuck on April 01, 2011 at 05:19 PM | #

The USPS is in a tough spot. They’re constantly being told to cut costs yet have a mandate to deliver to ALL addresses in the US. They’ve got a massive workforce, expensive contracts, and tens of thousands of expensive, aging branches. Yet when they try to make cost cuts where they have the most impact, by closing branches to consolidate, they face fights every step of the way. I think hunting for a parking space is a relatively small price to pay for continuation of their necessary service.

Posted by Jeff Kiker on April 01, 2011 at 05:42 PM | #

What are the plans of the mystery group with the intent to buy the historic Westport Post Office building? 

I was disconcerted to learn that the Y plan for Mahackeno, now that is it approved, includes rental space.  What is that about?  Is this really an office park in the making, with the Y as its anchor/owner? 

Westporters should know in advance what plans are afoot to make significant changes to our town.

Posted by Nina Streitfeld on April 01, 2011 at 06:31 PM | #

Jeff Kiker’s point is well taken for those who would dump on the PO.

It’s the new owner of th bldg that is the villain; he/she is the one who is the out of towner who will not rentspace to the Westport PO.

For certain, the PO is a bargain and a wonder of the world for the service and the incredible feats they perform for us all every day.  Anyone who bitches about the PO services should shut up and pay a private currier to deliver a letter anywhere in the Country for 42 cents!

Posted by Daniel Katz on April 01, 2011 at 07:01 PM | #

Thank you, Daniel Katz, for defending our U.
S. Postal Service.  Among its many services these dedicated people delivered mail to my box every single day during this worst ice winter in my memory.  The U.S. Postal Service is a bargain and more: it is an outstanding part of our proud American heritage, and its employees continue to serve us well.  .

Posted by Nina Streitfeld on April 01, 2011 at 07:20 PM | #