ByMatt O'Malley, Liz Malia, Sonia Chang-Díaz and Jeffrey Sánchez |
Mike Powers, District Manager, The United States Post Office
25 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA 02205
Robert Schlager, President, Bulfinch Properties
250 First Avenue, Suite 200
Needham, MA 02494
Jan. 30, 2015
To Mike Powers and Robert Schlager,
We urge you both to resolve your ongoing lease negotiations and keep Jamaica Plain’s post office in its current location at 655 Centre Street. The post office is an anchor in the local shopping district and serves as a resource for residents and businesses in Jamaica Plain. Furthermore, it serves as an important tribute to the service and sacrifice of Lance Corporal Alexander Scott Arredondo, a local resident for whom it is named. After having conversations with both Mike Powers from the United States Post Office and Robert Schlager of Bulfinch Properties, we are deeply concerned about the lack of communication and conflicting stories being expressed by all parties.
Postal officials have set in motion the process to move the JP Post Office from 655 Centre St. after they were unable to come to terms with the landlord on a new lease. 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."
Here is the letter about possible relocation that is posted at the Jamaica Plain Post Office:
Jan. 9, 2015
The Honorable Martin Walsh
Mayor, City of Boston
1 City Hall Square, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02201-2013
Dear Mayor Walsh:
The United States Postal Service is considering relocating the retail services currently provided at the Jamaica Plain Post Office ("Post Office") at 655 Centre St., Boston, Massachusetts to a yet-to-be-determined new location with the same Zip Code area. 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. In undertaking this project, the Postal Service will complete a process set out in 39 CFR 241.4 for gathering input from the community and local officials. The process includes a public meeting to discuss the project with the community and solicit comments for 15 days, then the Postal Service evaluates the comments and makes an initial decision whether to proceed with the project.