The government’s listing for the Northfield Post Office building reads:
14 Bridge Square, Northfield, Minnesota represents a unique opportunity to purchase a unique and beautiful former US Postal Service facility. The building is a 9,708 SF and is located on 0.53 acres. This architecturally distinct building was built in 1936 and sits prominently in the historic center of Northfield. The property includes 15 surface stalls in the off-street parking lot.
The realtor is Chris Gliedman, CBRE, based in Mpls.
The Northfield Roundtable held two planning sessions last week, focused on Bridge Square. The notes from that day are not yet available but see the Feb. 4 Nfld News: Northfield Roundtable focuses on Bridge Square. According to the article, these were some ideas generated at Friday’s session that were Post Office-related:
The downtown post office could be turned into a Northfield Business Center, serving as an incubator and housing the Chamber, NDDC and NEC, along with small shops.
By tying Bridge Square with the service areas and alleys surrounding the post office building and the buildings facing Division Street, all properties on the block could be on the river.
Should the Downtown Streetscape Taskforce buy it, since a year ago, the City Council rejected its recommendation to purchase the rental property at 304 Washington St. for a parking lot at a cost of $760,000?
Someone from the NDDC put up this sandwich board in front of the Northfield Post Office this morning. I’m not saying who it was.
See the NDDC’s Keep the Northfield Post Office Downtown page for the latest news.
FYI, the municipal code for sidewalk signs reads:
Sidewalk signs in C-1 and C-2 zones. The use of sidewalk signs shall only be allowed in the central business zones (C-1 and C-2). All sidewalk signs shall be limited to two feet in width and 3½ feet in height, including the support members. No sign shall have more than two faces. Changeable copy is permitted except for plastic letters. The sign shall be placed only in front of the business without significantly limiting the normal pedestrian use of the sidewalk. One sign is permitted for each building/land frontage, and it shall be removed from the sidewalk at the end of each business day. No sidewalk sign shall be lighted. No sign permit is required.
That sign looks to be at least a half inch taller than allowed. Someone should report this.
Northfield City Councilors Betsey Buckheit and Suzie Nakasian are circulating a letter titled: Get your pens boys, they’re threatening our post office.
… we encourage local residents to immediately write to Post Master General Patrick Donahoe and District Manager Anthony Williams (addresses below) to let them know that the proposed move does not make sense for the majority of our local residents and businesses. Share with them your personal observations and particular stories to help make the case: the proposed consolidation will hurt Northfield and is a bad business move for the Postal Service.
They’re also asking people to sign a petition on Northfied Patch.
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Nfld Patch: Downtown Northfield Post Office Could Close
Peter Nowacki, a spokesperson for the United States Post Office, said Monday that the Northfield branch is one of 16,000 sites nationwide being considered for closure.
Nfld News: Downtown post office on the chopping block
While the closing, if it does occur, would likely impact the traffic in the city’s historic business district, the reduction would be temporary, said the city’s economic development director, Jody Gunderson. “I don’t see it staying empty long,” he said. “It’s a phenomenal building. I don’t think it would be very difficult to figure out a reuse for it.”
It seems like a perfect location for a local Northfield church. But maybe there are better reuses for the building?
Update 4/6: I’ve added a recent photo of the exterior and 3 other photos of the interior. I’ve also removed the “Churches to compete for space?” from the blog post title.