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Postal Service to move out of main Menlo office

Bohannon Drive building will be sold

By Sandy Brundage and Gennady Sheyner

Embarcadero Media

The U.S. Postal Service plans to move out of its main Menlo Park post office at 3875 Bohannon Drive as part of a nationwide effort to cut costs.

The Postal Service will shift about 50 Menlo Park carriers to Palo Alto in a restructuring on the Peninsula that includes selling a historic building at 380 Hamilton Ave. in Palo Alto, according to Postal Service spokesman James Wigdel, who said the Bohannon Drive building in Menlo Park will also be sold.

The plan is to move operations, not close them, he said, noting that the relocation can take up to six months. "All the employees, all the P.O. boxes and services will remain the same," Mr. Wigdel added. He said the carriers will pick up the mail in Palo Alto and then deliver to Menlo Park as usual.

According to the spokesman, the Postal Service plans to open a replacement office in Menlo Park that "will be substantially smaller. Right now, the Menlo Park Main Post Office is about 25,000 square feet and we will be looking for a space that is about 3,000 square feet."

Menlo Park has two other post offices, at 655 Oak Grove Ave. and at 2120 Avy Ave.

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Posted by Homer Boushey
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 18, 2011 at 8:05 pm

255 Oak Grove ? Does this Church sell stamps.

Editor's note: Good catch. The address is 655 Oak Grove Ave.


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Posted by poor Dave
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 19, 2011 at 8:54 am

Since the current facility is owned by the Bohannon family, one might wonder what new bigger and higher building will replace this one.


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Posted by Jeff B
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Dec 19, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Jeff B is a registered user.

According to Palo Alto online, the address of the building being sold in Palo Alto is 380 Hamilton. It is the beautiful (and giant) old post office. Sad.


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Posted by gunste
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Dec 19, 2011 at 2:22 pm

The driving distance and traffic will be worse for the delivery trucks that have to thread their way through Palo Alto to Menlo Park


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Posted by Curious
a resident of Atherton: other
on Dec 19, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Will Atherton Post Office be closing then?


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Posted by Homer Boushey
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 19, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Good point Poor Dave. A nice place to put up a train station stop with commuter shops and offices.


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Posted by McVaris
a resident of another community
on Dec 21, 2011 at 8:35 am

The property is owned by the postal service not Bohannon. Maybe he will buy it. This would bring in needed property tax dollars. Also, the government is deliquent in the payment of services provided and collected through the tax rolls. These services have not been paid for since 2006.


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Posted by
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 21, 2011 at 9:16 am

This story says the post office will sell a "historic four-story building" in Palo Alto.

What building would that be? Or is this just sloppy reporting?

Editor's note: Thanks for the catch. That was an error.


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Posted by Reality Check
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Two things:
1) They just finished fixing the roof and redoing the driveway at Bohannon - there goes those tax dollars down the drain!
2) Does it not seem like overkill that there will still be 3 post offices in a small city like MP? Seems to me more like they shouldn't replace Bohannon, should also close down the Avy Ave one, and simply expand Oak Grove (or re-locate it nearby), since it's the one that is always busy.


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Posted by Homer Boushey
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 4, 2012 at 6:37 pm

I got $5. that Bohannon buys it back,JACK!


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