Downtown Napa Post Office
The Downtown Post Office experienced significant damage as a result of the South Napa Earthquake. On June 26, 2015, the City received correspondence from the United States Postal Service (USPS) advising the City that the Downtown Post Office is being considered for demolition. After a coordinated effort spearheaded by Congressman Mike Thompson, the USPS has agreed at this time to stop pursuing the demolition of the Historic Franklin Station Post Office in downtown Napa and will instead pursue the sale of the building and property (see August 5, 2015 press release).
The City will continue to coordinate with local, state and federal representatives to preserve the post office building and ensure that all undertakings by the USPS are transparent, provide opportunity for public review and comment, and comply with federal regulations.
BID FOR PURCHASE OF THE NAPA FRANKLIN STATION POST OFFICE PROPERTY
The United States Postal Service has received substantial interest pertaining to the sale of the Napa Franklin Station Post Office property at 1351 Second Street in Napa. The Postal Service is issuing a new call for offers for past and additional bidders through CBRE. A Press Release from Congressman Mike Thompson’s Office can be viewed by clicking on this link.
Persons interested in the property should direct their inquiries to:
CBRE101 California St, 44th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111 USA
Telephone: 1 415.772.0162
Cellular: 1 415.378.9859
Fax: 1 415.772.0459
General comments or inquiries about the United States Postal Service property disposition process should be directed to:
David P. Rouse, Realty Asset Manager/Facilities
Real Estate & Assets United States Postal Service
475 L'Enfant Plaza SW-Room 6670
Washington DC 20260
The United States Postal Service has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) pursuant to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The EA evaluates the potential impacts of selling the property "as is" in its current condition and also considers three alternatives: (1) rehabilitation of the building so that USPS operations can continue in the facility; (2) demolition of the existing facility and reconstruction of a new facility on the same site; (3) demolition of the facility and construction of a new facility on another site. The EA also considers the "no action" alternative which would consider leaving the building in its current condition and retaining USPS ownership and management of the property without resuming operations.
A copy of the Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for Napa, CA Franklin Station can be accessed here.
For additional information about the proposed action, to provide any comments regarding the NEPA process and evaluation, or to request copies of the completed EA document, please contact:
Charlotte Parrish Facilities Environmental Specialist USPS NJ NDC 80 County Road Jersey City, NJ 07097-9800
RELOCATION OF RETAIL POSTAL SERVICES:
Because of earthquake damage to the Downtown Napa Post Office facility at 1351 Second Street, the USPS, on an emergency basis, has relocated the retail services from the Second Street location to a temporary facility located at 1436 Second Street. The USPS is now in the process of identifying a long-term site for relocation of retail services. The "relocation project" will consist of procuring a suitable long term location, preparing the new location for use as a post office and then transitioning the retail services to the new location. The USPS will continue retail services at the current temporary location until the new post office is up and running. A letter from the USPS describing the propsed undertaking can be reviewed from this link.
For additional information on the relocation process please contact:
Real Estate Specialist
United States Postal Service
1300 Evans Avenue, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94188-8200
Links to Organizations Supporting Preservation of the Downtown Post Office Building
Office of Congressman Mike Thompson
State Office of Historic Preservation
National Trust for Historic Preservation (sign on Online Petition)
Napa County Landmarks
Save Our Historic Napa Post Office
Correspondence (in chronological order starting with most recent)
SHPO letter to USPS dated March 4, 2016 RE: Section 106 Consultation - Undertaking.
USPS letter to SHPO dated February 19, 2016 RE: SHPO correspondence dated October 14, 2015.
USPS letter to City of Napa dated October 21, 2015 RE: Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment for Napa, CA Franklin Station
USPS letter to City of Napa dated October 20, 2015 RE: Request for Extension
State Historic Preservation Officer letter dated October 15, 2015 to USPS RE: Preservation Covenant
City letter to USPS dated October 9, 2015 responding to USPS request on preservation covenant
USPS letter to City of Napa dated September 30, 2015 requesting City hold and enforce preservation covenant
National Trust for Historic Preservation letter to USPS dated September 25, 2015 commenting on relocation of retail postal office services
City of Napa letter to USPS dated September 15, 2015 commenting on relocation of retail postal services
USPS letter to SHPO dated September 9, 2015 addressing need for preservation covenant
City of Napa letter dated September 8, 2015 requesting consideration of certain impacts in Environmental Assessment
ACHP email dated August 21, 2015 requesting meeting with USPS
USPS letter dated August 21, 2015 declining postponement request
City of Napa letter dated August 19, 2015 requesting public meeting on relocation be postponed
USPS letter dated August 19, 2015 regarding Notice of Preparation of Environmental Assessment
USPS letter dated August 3, 2015 to Mayor Techel advising of relocation of retail postal services
July 31, 2015 letter to USPS from National Trust transmitting 552 letter petition (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)
CPF letter dated July 30, 2015 to USPS on Section 106
ACHP letter dated July 24, 2015 to USPS advising of participation in consultation process
Congressman Thompson Letter dated July 23, 2015 to Advisory Council Historic on Preservation
National Trust for Historic Preservation letter dated July 21, 2015 responding to USPS letter
City of Napa letter dated July 21, 2015 to State Historic Preservation Officer
City of Napa letter dated July 20, 2015 to federal representatives
State Preservation Officer letter dated July 16, 2015 responding to USPS June 26, 2015 letter
City of Napa letter dated July 13, 2015 responding to USPS June 26, 2015 letter
Congressman Thompson letter dated July 6, 2015 responding to USPS June 26, 2015 letter
USPS letter dated June 26, 2015 advising City of proposal to demolish Downtown Post Office
City of Napa letter dated April 13, 2015 supporting continued listing on National Register
City of Napa letter dated February 18, 2015 requesting inclusion in consultation process
Section 106 Consultation Process
If you would like to comment or request information on the status of the Section 106 consultation process initiated by the USPS regarding the historic Downtown Post Office building, please contact Julia Mates of TetraTech, Inc. (consultant to the USPS) at the following address:
1999 Harrison Street, Ste. 500
Oakland, CA 94612
Information on the “Section 106” Consultation Process
Section 106 Process Flow Chart
Citizens Guide to Section 106 Review
City Cultural Heritage Commission Staff Report summarizing damage to historic elements (Part 1) (Part 2)
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
About the Downtown Napa Post Office Building
The Napa Franklin Station building – locally known as the Downtown Post Office – was commissioned in 1933 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) to provide employment during the Depression. Designed by local architect William H. Corlett, the building has been documented as possessing considerable aesthetic value, containing one of the most flamboyantly, well decorated post offices in California and is one of only a few post offices built in the entire state with such strong “Art Deco” design elements. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985 and is designated as a Landmark Property on the City’s Historic Resources Inventory. It is a vital part of the City’s historic downtown and one of the crown jewels in a rich and diverse inventory of historic resources that the City and community have worked hard to preserve.