Historic Preservation Commission Public Hearing on Somerville Main Post Office

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The public is invited to comment on potential adverse effects resulting from
the sale of the historic Somerville Main Post Office in Union Square at a public meeting held by the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission on Thursday, March 6 at 7 p.m. in the 3rd floor conference room at City Hall, 93 Highland Ave.
The Post Office at 237 Washington St., placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 and designated as a local historic district in July 2013, is being sold by the Postal Service, which plans to transfer distribution operations to Chelsea and reopen a smaller retail space in Union Square. Comments from the public and Historic Preservation Commission regarding on the potential adverse effects of the sale will be included in a letter to the United States Postal Service, which has identified the City of Somerville as a consulting party under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Because the building is designated as a local historic district, exterior alterations would be subject to review by the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission. As a point of information, the original 1939 mural by Ross E. Moffett located in the Post Office building’s lobby is private property of the Postal Service, which has agreed to restore the mural whether it is relocated to a public place or stays in its current location.
For more information, please call 617-625-6600, ext. 2500 or email historic@somervillema.gov.

One thought on “Historic Preservation Commission Public Hearing on Somerville Main Post Office”

  1. The mural is not ‘private property’. The government funded Postal Service holds the title to it, but it was payed for with public tax dollars to be kept in a public post office. Just like Foss Park isn’t private property. DCR may hold title to the park, but really they are just administering it for the public. Same with the Postal Service.

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