Pols Put Pressure on Post Office, Landlord

The Jamaica Plain Post Office, 655 Centre St., on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015.

Chris Helms

The Jamaica Plain Post Office, 655 Centre St., on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015.

The neighborhood’s elected officials are pressuring postal officials and the landlord of 655 Centre St. to reach a deal that would avoid moving the facility.

As first reported by Jamaica Plain News, postal officials have set in motion the process to move the JP Post Office after they were unable to come to terms with the landlord on a new lease.

On Friday, in an effort organized by JP’s district city councilor, Matt O’Malley, elected officials sent a letter urging a resolution.

“After having conversations with both Mike Powers from the United States Post Office and Robert Schlager of Bulfinch Properties,” read part of the letter, “we are deeply concerned about the lack of communication and conflicting stories being expressed by all parties.”

O’Malley signed the letter along with State Representatives Liz Malia, D-Jamaica Plain, and Jeffrey Sánchez, D-Boston, and State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz.

Read the letter from JP elected officials urging P.O. to stay

A letter was recently posted in the vestibule of the busy post office. It’s from the Post Office to Mayor Marty Walsh and lays out the process for possible relocation to somewhere else in the 02130 Zip Code.

“The Postal Service is considering relocation because its lease at the present location will terminate shortly and it has been unable to reach an agreement with the property owner for a new lease to remain in the property.”

According to property records, the parcel is owned by Myrtle Street Limited Partnership. That company, in turn, is run by The Bulfinch Companies, a Needham-based real estate management firm, according to state corporation records.

RELATED: Read the letter from the USPS to the mayor about the possible move.

Bulfinch has not returned multiple calls about their plans for the parcel. It’s a prime JP location at the corner of Centre and Myrtle. The latest property valuations put the 11,644 square foot parcel at $529,070 for land and $1,564,678 for the building.

Myrtle Street Limited Partnership also owns 6 Myrtle St., which is directly behind the P.O.

The busy facility is named for Marine Lance Cpl. Alex Arredondo, who was killed in Iraq in 2004.

The Gazette reports U.S. Representative Michael Capuano’s office is asking for more information about the possible move.

The post office hasn’t always been on Centre. In 1920 it was on Green Street.

  • Tess Alexandra Pope

    i got a $75 ticket for parking in a no parking zone in order to bring 3 enormous boxes (already paid for by website) simply to put them on the counter. I was in there for only about 2-3 minutes. What are my alternatives:
    park a few blocks away, making 3 trips to carry each box in to set it on the counter?
    I would like there to be something a little more customer friendly.

    • JamaicaPlainNews

      Thanks, Tess. If the P.O. did move, where’d you like it to go? Washington Street might be able to offer more parking.