La Jolla broker gets listing for Wall Street post office

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Elected officials and community organizers line up outside the Wall Street post office to speak about its pending sale. City Councilmember Sherri Lightner called the USPS’s recent notice a “bullheaded, bureaucratic bungling of the highest order.” Pat Sherman

How to appeal the USPS’s decision to relocate Wall Street’s postal services

■ The appeal must be postmarked by Saturday, April 6, 2013, and mailed to: Tom Samra Vice President, Facilities Implementation, Pacific Area 1300 Evans Ave., Ste. 200 San Francisco CA 94188-0200

By Pat Sherman

As elected officials met in front of the Wall Street post office March 28 to denounce a notice by the United States Postal Service (USPS) that it is proceeding with its planned relocation of services offered there, the

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has learned that local real estate broker Paul Lafrenz is handling the sale of the building at 1140 Wall Street.

According to CBRE commercial real estate’s website, Lafrenz, a CBRE first vice-president, specializes in locating “the right project for the right buyer.”

The Save Our La Jolla Post Office Task Force is hoping that “right buyer” will be the La Historical Society or a similar community group sympathetic to preserving the historic post office — and not a private developer.

San Diego Congress members Susan Davis (D-53) and Scott Peters (D-52) jointly introduced legislation that would give communities across the country (including La Jolla) the right of first refusal to purchase their post office buildings if placed on

the market. However, whether that bill is heard at the committee level and ultimately proceeds to Congress for a vote largely depends on North County Congressmember Darrell Issa (R-49), who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform committee (which has legislative jurisdiction over the USPS).

On Monday, a spokesperson for Issa and the committee told the

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via e-mail that “Chairman Issa supports the sale of the La Jolla post office to a nonprofit entity, including one that would be willing to leaseback part of the facility to USPS, and has already informed USPS of that fact. USPS has the authority to do so under current law.”

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Attendees at the press conference took a moment to listen to elected officials and representatives of the La Jolla Historical Society discuss the USPS's recent notice that it plans to move forward with the sale of the Wall Street post office building and relocation of its services.

Davis and Peters told the

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last week they have both spoken with Issa about their legislation and the pending post office sale.

“I think he’s got bigger plans for the postal service than just this post office, and part of that may be losing some real estate, but nothing that the community’s proposing would interfere with that,” Peters said. “He’s been fairly open in my discussions with him, but I think he’d want to see the details on this. He wants fair market value, and that’s what the community wants to offer. There really is not a fight here.”

However, Davis said her office just received word from a contact at the independent U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission that the prospect for La Jolla preserving postal services on Wall Street is “discouraging.”

Part of the problem, she said, is that the USPS is not actively courting or considering community input.

“They (the USPS) wants to go forward with the (sale and downsizing) process everywhere and this kind of puts a crimp in it,” Davis told the

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  1. “I think the Postal Service sees the community effort as slowing down their process. If they just move forward and do what they need to do throughout the country, then, obviously, from their point of view, it’s a quicker process.
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