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Palo Alto hopeful about buying historic post office

Original post made on May 18, 2013

The future of Palo Alto's downtown post office building could become clearer Monday night, when the City Council considers whether to purchase the historic and iconic Hamilton Avenue building from the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service.

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Posted by brigid barton
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 18, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Buying the post office is a no brainer. I just hope we can do it! It is historic, beautiful, and right in the heart of our town. There are many uses for which it could be suitable. I am all for it!

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Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on May 18, 2013 at 6:57 pm


After Palo Alto buys it, it will get boarded up and remain that way for years due to the "Palo Alto Process".

During this time the downtown bums will break in.

After that, it's just a matter of time before a "suspicious" fire guts the insides.

Now, the gutted remains will not only be boarded, but the property will be fenced off - again for years.

Eventually it will be sold (at a loss) to a developer, and another JCC like monstrosity will be built all the way out to the sidewalks.

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Posted by Not for staff
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 18, 2013 at 9:50 pm

It should not be used to expand staff space. It should be used for something to enhance the public experience.
Dont use it to feed Keene's bloated bureaucracy, and keep the local developers out of it. They've milked the community enough.

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 20, 2013 at 7:33 am

If you've been to the post office, then you would know that only a small portion of the building is public space. To say that it should not be used for staff (development center) is a little silly when you consider the current use of the building - the public has very little access to the building overall. The behind the USPS windows is an open warehouse - nothing fancy and nothing architecturally notable.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 20, 2013 at 8:08 am

I would love to see this opened as a coffee/lunch spot - something along the lines of what was at Borders. I don't want another Starbucks type place, but just somewhere with some charm and character where we could sit and enjoy the space, with wifi, a book and a pleasant atmosphere for friends to chat. Not about the coffee, just about the ambience.

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Posted by Pat Markevitch
a resident of Downtown North
on May 20, 2013 at 6:40 pm

I would like to see it used as a teen center. We used to have one but it was torn down to put up a garage. Teens in the south part of town will have a new center that is connected to the Mitchell Park library. The Post Office is a great idea for the teens in the north... much better than moving the Julia Morgan building into El Camino Park and having one there. El Camino Park is too far away from the downtown businesses.