UPDATE 8/5/2015: Under Pressure, USPS Has Agreed to Stop "Pursuing Demolition" for Downtown Napa Post Office
Many thanks are due to Congressman Thompson and to everyone who pressured the USPS to back away from the proposed demolition.
Read Congressman Thompson’s press release.
An Urgent Call to Help Save Napa's Downtown Post Office
The Postal Service announced that it will cost $8 million to restore the building and make it earthquake proof. The Postal Service compares that with $500,000 to raze the structure. But the Postal Service did not provide any basis for these numbers. Julianne Polanco, California's State Historic Preservation Officer, wrote the Postal Service that the "correspondence received contained no explanatory information, such as structural reports, economic analyses, existing condition assessment, in order to derive such a determination."
But even while the Postal Service is refusing to hold a public meeting, the citizens of Napa are organizing and fighting back to save their Downtown Post Office!
Napa County Landmarks to Host Public Meeting
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Monday August 10, 2015
Napa County Library, 580 Coombs St., Napa, CA 94559
For details, call 255-1836.
Sign the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Petition:
By law, Federal Agencies are responsible for preserving historic properties under their jurisdiction. The Postal Service has failed to do that with historic properties across our earthquake prone state. The Napa Post Office was damaged in the August 24, 2014 quake. Now the Postal Service proposes to demolish the building.
What's Wrong with the Postal Service Decision?
- Demolition of the Franklin Station Post Office will have a significant impact on Napa and will result in a permanent loss of a part of Bay Area history. The Postal Service has not attempted to mitigate the loss.
- The Franklin Station Post Office has high artistic and architectural value. It was designed by Napa architect William Corlett and is a rare example of the Art Deco style in Napa.
- The United States Postal Service holds the Franklin Station Post Office in trust for the people of our country. It remains a public building built with taxpayer funds and belongs to all of us.
- The Postal Service is responsible for maintaining the building in good condition. That responsibility includes seismic analysis and structural improvement. The Postal Service failed to protect the public, their employees and this building.
- The Franklin Station Post Office has suffered from deferred maintenance.
- The Postal Service has not analyzed alternatives. The Postal Service unilaterally decided on demolition and has not released information to the public supporting their decision to demolish the building.
- There has been no public process, no public notice.
- City of Napa Downtown Post Office webpage
- USPS letter to California SHPO proposing demolition, June 26, 2015 (with attachments)
- Save Our Historic Napa Post Office on Facebook
- Napa Valley Register: "Napans Rally to Protest Demolition"
- April 2014 Report to Congress on "Preserving Historic Post Offices" by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
- Section 110 and the Spirit of Stewardship
- USPS Inspector General "Preservation and and Disposal of Historic Properties", April 2014
- USPS Inspector General "Postal Service Management of CBRE Real Estate Transactions", April 2015