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.

Please contact Ken MacNab, Planning Manager at (707) 258-7860 or by e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information about the City’s efforts to preserve the Downtown Post Office building.  Additional information and resources are provided below.

 

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:

     Andrew Reeder 
     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
     Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
     Web: www.cbre.com

 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
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ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT:

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 Draft Environmental Assessment can be accessed here. (Part 1) (Part 2)

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 

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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:

Dean Cameron
Real Estate Specialist
United States Postal Service
1300 Evans Avenue, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA  94188-8200

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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:

Julia Mates
TetraTech, Inc.
1999 Harrison Street, Ste. 500
Oakland, CA 94612

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Resources
     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.