Just south of Millbrae, the post office in Burlingame is relocating to another space that will represent "a right-sizing to current standards of space and operations," according to a U.S. Postal Service press release.
Today at 6 p.m. in the Burlingame Public Library in the Lane Community Room, the U.S. Postal Service will hold a public meeting to discuss the sale and relocation of the historic post office that has occupied the central downtown location at 220 Park Road for decades.
The Burlingame Main Post Office is about 13,400 square feet, however the Postal Service really only requires a facility that is about 4,000 square feet.
All operations from the existing Burlingame Main Post Office, including P.O. Boxes, will be housed in the replacement facility. The post office is not closing or being discontinued.
The public is invited to attend and provide feedback on the relocation.
City officials discussed trying to work with a private business to buy the space so they had control over what would replace the post office. At the very least they are hopeful to work with whoever purchases the property to develop the site.
Increased parking, residential units, retail, and an outdoor public space are some of the options on the table for occupying the space.
City Manager Jim Nantell could not be reached to comment on whether or not this is still under consideration and what steps the City plans to make next.
In recent years, the Postal Service has undertaken a number of initiatives to reduce costs and address its financial challenges. As part of those efforts, the Postal Service believes it can reduce costs considerably by liquidating certain high-value properties and relocating operations to facilities that are better suited and the right size.
The sale of the Burlingame Main Post Office has been approved and the Postal Service property management office will be looking for a suitable space in which to relocate the retail section.
Members of the public may submit comments for 15 days following the public meeting.
Comments should be postmarked by May 1, 2012 and sent to:
Facilities Planning and Real Estate
1300 Evans Street
San Francisco, CA 94188-8200