USPS Waiting on Notification of Denholm Building Sale to Decide Future of Downtown Worcester Post Office

 by TWIW StaffAugust 30, 2022
Last Updated October 14, 2022 6:18 AM

WORCESTER - The United States Postal Service hasn't received a notification of the sale of the Denholm building, according to a USPS spokesperson.

The Denholm building was bought by the City of Worcester for likely demolition and redevelopment purposes.

The Worcester Redevelopment Authority members voted in favor of the agreement on Aug. 8 to purchase the building for $3 million.

A City of Worcester spokesperson said Wednesday that Worcester's Chief Development Officer Peter Dunn and Postmaster General Dan O’Neil have previously spoken about the sale and Dunn has been in communication with the real estate contact for USPS leasing the Denholm building condo.

According to the city, each Denholm building condo unit owner has received notification of the sale and has signed the deed. Each owner will have at least four months to vacate the building.  At a WRA meeting earlier this summer, Dunn said realistically the WRA should expect all condo unit owners to vacate the property by February 2023.

The Main Street Station USPS post office is on the first floor of the Denholm building and USPS says they're still under a lease agreement through April 2023. The USPS leases the 4,200 sq. ft. post office space from condo owner PPM V Partnership LP, a limited partnership with Public Properties Management Inc. According to state records, Public Properties Management Inc. has a business address in Tennessee.

The WRA has previously mentioned there may be plans to find another nearby downtown location for the post office. However, according to USPS, there have been no discussions of a possible new post office location downtown.

USPS says they could easily accommodate the P.O. Box customers at the Joseph D. Early Post Office on East Central Street. The main USPS branch absorbed the Denholm building operations in March when the Denholm building was without power.

The USPS spokesperson said there were no problems during that transition in March.

 

Editor's Note: This story has been updated from its original version, adding information from the City of Worcester.

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