Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Post Office Will Stay Downtown

Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma told other members of the City Council on Monday that he has met with representatives of the U.S. Postal Service and that, despite recent community concerns to the contrary, the federal agency plans to maintain a postal center downtown .

During Monday's meeting of the Neighborhoods and Housing Committee, Baarsma related that the following course of action would be pursued by the agency:
  • Pursue relocation of the current post office (retail service facility) into leased space downtown (6500 square foot space with parking for 12 vehicles);
  • Relocate the downtown distribution center to Fife and secure a contract post office in the Upper Tacoma Business District;
  • Following these actions, advertise the historic building and adjacent parking lots for sale.
Postal officials seem to have taken lobbying by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber and other groups to heart, keeping the service center downtown. The pending sale of the properties is a long-awaited move, providing real estate needed to make the proposed "Haub Tower" a real possibility.

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