O’Malley ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ Post Office Will Stay Where It Is

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.

City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who along with other local politicians has been working to keep the J.P. Post Office at 655 Centre St., said a solution could be in the works.

“I’m cautiously optimistic,” JP’s district councilor said Wednesday. “It’s a huge priority of mine to make sure the Jamaica Plain Post Office stays here.”

As of Wednesday, no new lease had been signed, O’Malley said.

A representative of the landlord of the purpose-built building, Bulfinch Properties, said Wednesday she had no information about a possible deal. A Post Office representative has not yet returned Jamaica Plain News’ call.

As first reported by Jamaica Plain News, postal officials 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.

In late January, 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.

The latest property valuations put the 11,644 square foot parcel at $529,070 for land and $1,564,678 for the building.

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

Previous coverage on Jamaica Plain News: 

JP Post Office could move

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

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