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    Postal Service Abandons Plan to Sell Historic Chelsea Post Office, Pols Say 112513

    CHELSEA The United States Postal Service has quietly abandoned a controversial plan to sell a beloved post office on West 18th Street, politicians who learned of the change told DNAinfo New York.

    According to Rep. Jerrold Nadler, one of the politicians who fought against the controversial sale, the Postal Service has given up on selling the Old Chelsea Station at 217 W. 18th St. as a way of raising much-needed cash.

    "I am thankful that after the completion of the public review process, USPS has taken these concerns into consideration and is now exploring options that do not include selling off this historic community asset," Nadler said in a statement.

    It was not immediately clear if the Postal Service is now considering closing a portion of the historic post office to lease some of the space, a move the Postal Service had discussed in the past.

    The USPS did not respond to a request for comment.

    The plan to sell the 41,600-square-foot, two-story Colonial Revival building drew widespread ire from residents who found out about it through a densely worded notice at the building's entrance. Local politicians were not notified of the proposed sale until after it was first reported by DNAinfo in February.

    The Postal Service is still hurting from a $15.9 billion net lost last year, and has attempted to sell several buildings across the city, including a landmarked post office in The Bronx, in the hopes of saving cash.

    The Old Chelsea Station building likely would have sold for a substantial sum in the pricey neighborhood. After news broke that the USPS wanted to sell the building, dozens of high-end brokers and real estate investors got in touch with DNAinfo hoping to get more information about the potential sale.

    Built in 1937, the building landed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 and is beloved both by the neighborhood's many seniors and the business owners who use mailboxes there.

    Enraged that the USPS gave little public notification about the plan to sell the building, local politicians eventually convinced the agency to hold a public meeting on the proposal in April, which grew heated.

    "I'm gratified that the U.S. Post Office came to the same conclusion that the community knew all along that it didn't make sense to sell a great public asset like that to the highest bidder," said state Sen. Brad Hoylman. "It's a big win for Chelsea."

  • #2

    there is a side effect of the saving of old chelsea station. as many of us know the 99 cent store is in trouble after its move from 23rd street.

    I was in willies barber shop on 18th st recently. willies was formerly the new barber shop on 9th across from the fulton center, then they were forced to move to a side street. I figured now being on a side street they would have similar problems to the 99 cent store.

    turns out they said they were doing quite well., which suprised me when i asked the reason they were doing well, they said it was they moved to the same block as old chelsea station, and when people go to the post office they find willies.

    So the problem with the 99 cent shop may be that they moved to a block without a big "anchor tenant ' on it.


    • #3

      Interesting point.


      • #4

        that is interesting- true i find it out ofthe way and usedto shop more often when it was on 23rd street. i tend to forget which street it is on except that its a block pat whole foods. i guess when you open up a business you need to think about the location. thid guy was looking for space in the area at a price he could afford so i figure any main street for him would have been off limits as he would have a hard time paying the rent but then again i didnt know he has other stores