Sale and Abandonment of Historic Philadelphia Main Post Office

Located Across Market Street from Amtrak's 30th Street Railroad Station

Philadelphia Mayor Proposes Closing 11 Free Library of
Philadelphia Branches In Response to 2008 Budget Crisis
Closings Include 4 Historic Carnegie Libraries

Zilcosky, Katie. "'How The Post Office Created America' Details Agency's Historic Signficance." Radio Interview.
WESA-FM 90.5 Pittsburgh 2016 July 20.

Ryssdal, Kai. "How the post office created America." 2016 June 27.

Ove, Torsten. "Post office in federal courthouse in Downtown Pittsburgh will close tomorrow."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2014 Feb. 14.

Guza, Megan. "Businessman hopes to bring grocery to Carnegie."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line 2014 Jan. 22.
Cozza Enterprises bought the former post office in 2009, which now is the Medicine Shoppe and Carnegie Coffee Company. Cozza said he wants to bring more to the community.

Walsh, Glenn A. "Grant Street Post Office May Move Out of Historic Building." Blog Posting.
SpaceWatchtower 2011 Nov. 30.
Links to Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette articles: The U.S. Postal Service might move its Grant Street Post Office out of the Downtown federal courthouse building to save money.

Walsh, Glenn A. "Grant Street Post Office Closing?" Blog Posting.
SpaceWatchtower 2011 Nov. 28.
The U.S. Postal Service has scheduled a public meeting to "discuss plans for the Grant Street Station Post Office" on Tuesday Afternoon, November 29, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. EST in the offices of CB Richard Ellis, in Suite 1400 of the U.S. Steel Building in Downtown Pittsburgh. Apparently, postal authorities plan to abandon the present Grant Street Post Office location in Pittsburgh's historic U.S. Post Office and Courts Building, for a downsized post office elsewhere downtown.

Podmolik, Mary Ellen. "Old Chicago post office sold for $40 million."
Chicago Tribune On-Line 2009 Aug. 27.

Zalot, Morgan. "City sends post office packing, but the mail will go through."
Philadelphia Daily News 2008 Sept. 29.

Hyclak, Anna. "Believe it or not, the post office has moved before."
Philadelphia Daily News 2008 Sept. 29.

McDevitt, John. "Phila.'s New 30th Street Post Office Opens Next Monday."
KYW-AM 1060 NewsRadio 2008 Sept. 22.

Gilbert Brown, Carole. "Carnegie post office moving just down the block."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 May 22.
U.S. Post Office abandons historic 1916 post office building, down the hill from historic 1901 Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall.

"Work at Cira Centre South starts."
Philadelphia Business Journal 2007 Nov. 19.
"It will also involve renovating an existing, historic Post Office structure."

Saffron, Inga. Blog: "Of Parking, Plans and Planners."
The Philadelphia Inquirer On-Line 2007 Oct. 18.
"As part of the project, which I wrote about Monday, Brandywine will overhaul the 30th Street post office, designed by Rankin and Kellogg - architects of the Inquirer Building, among other things - for 5,000 employees of the Internal Revenue Service now housed on Roosevelt Boulevard.

Parmley, Suzette. "New towers to rise on 30th St."
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2007 Aug. 31.

"Penn, developer, plan 40- to 50-story office tower."
The Philadelphia Inquirer On-Line/AP 2007 Aug. 31.

Kostelni, Natalie. "Brandywine Realty's University City gateway plans moving forward."
Philadelphia Business Journal 2007 Aug. 31.
"The development would encompass 30th Street between Market and Walnut streets, including the main post office building at 30th and Market."

Kostelni, Natalie. "Plans for a 40-story 'Cira South' building are in the wind."
Philadelphia Business Journal 2007 May 25.
"It is proposed that the building would be constructed on what is referred to as the old post office annex, a building that would be torn down to make way for the new structure."

Ginsberg, Thomas "Surprising details emerge on Post Office sale
U.S. investigators say a local development group had an "apparent conflict of interest" in its many project roles."

The Philadelphia Inquirer 2007 April 22.

Management Advisory Sale of the Philadelphia Main Post Office
Office of Inspector General, U.S. Postal Service 2007 Feb. 8.

Gilbert Brown, Carole. "Carnegie post office looking for new address."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2006 Dec. 14.
Carnegie PA Post Office plans move out of historic 1916 building, because "The current post office is just too large," according to postal officials.

Kweder, Kimberly. "New site sought for Carnegie post office."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2006 Dec. 7.
Carnegie PA Post Office plans move out of historic 1916 building.

Kostelni, Natalie. "Deal for Penn to buy post office land OK'd."
Philadelphia Business Journal 2004 March 29.
"While the Postal Service will continue to occupy parts of the main post office building as a tenant, the remaining properties and much of the main building will be available for redevelopment."

Rulison, Larry. "Wolf Block zeroes in on Israeli clients / Fineman to testify again."
Philadelphia Business Journal 2004 March 12.
"Fineman is chairman of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors and a big advocate of postal reform. He says the government must change a 1970 federal law that governs the way the Postal Service is run that makes it difficult to shut down unnecessary post offices and makes rate-setting cumbersome...Fineman said the Postal Service's new $270 million plant being built in Southwest Philadelphia near the airport is a prototypical processing plant for the post office's new way of doing business because it's located near the highway (Interstate 95) and Philadelphia International Airport, instead of the railway as the current post office distribution center is located near 30th Street Station."

Rulison, Larry. "Stock exchange gets options."
Philadelphia Business Journal 2004 Jan. 30.
"Frucher said the exchange is considering Cira Centre, located in a Keystone Opportunity Zone, as well as the main post office site on Market Street between 29th and 30th streets that the University of Pennsylvania wants to redevelop. Camden also is a possibility, he said."

"Stock exchange considering move to special tax zone."
Philadelphia Business Journal 2003 Sept. 8.
"Frucher said the exchange is also looking at the main post office site on Market Street between 29th and 30th streets that the University of Pennsylvania wants to redevelop."

Kostelni, Natalie. "Penn ponders 100-acre site."
Philadelphia Business Journal 2001 Aug. 17.
"The study will concentrate on redeveloping the old U.S. Post Office site and traveling south along the Schuylkill River down to the former Civic Center site."

Editorial: "Street speech short on specifics."
Philadelphia Business Journal 2001 Feb. 9.
Refers to redevelopment of "the Navy Yard and U.S. Post Office site at 30th and Market streets."

Mccalla, John. "Penn, CCD building bridges."
Philadelphia Business Journal 2001 Jan. 12.
"Last month, Penn, the city's largest employer, and the CCD gathered major property owners such as the U.S. Postal Service, city officials and other "stakeholders" in an orientation meeting for their project."

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