(July 29, 2014) The movement to preserve Downtown Berkeley’s historic post office has garnered national attention, bolstered by a visit from politician and activist Ralph Nader to the post office Tuesday.
Following an announcement in April last year, the U.S. Postal Service is moving forward with plans to sell the building that houses the downtown post office and may select a buyer as early as December. But proposed municipal legislation would implement a zoning overlay to restrict the use of the building to governmental or public purposes only, rendering commercial operation of the building impossible.
A five-time presidential candidate, Nader called the post office a “fundamental institution that binds the country together” and urged the crowd of onlookers to visit their local senator’s office, write letters in support of the building’s preservation and educate the next generation about the history of the postal service.