The Georgetown Current reported yesterday that the Georgetown Post Office may be partially converted into condos. According to the article, the Postal Service is planning to sell the property to East Banc and Julian Josephs Co.
The developers would keep the post office open on the first floor, but the second floor would be converted into apartments. Also a new structure would be constructed off the back of the building for more apartments. The construction would result in 13 – 17 new units.
It’s still early in the planning. Many, many hurdles remain. But it seems that the USPS is keen to get the property off its hands. The second floor is empty and the loading dock isn’t really used much anymore. Plus the USPS is totally broke, so it doesn’t exactly feel like sitting on a huge real estate portfolio if it doesn’t have to.
GM is supportive of the addition of residential units like this to the neighborhood (this would join the Hurt Home as two new condo conversions of large historic buildings in the East Village being considered about the same time). They’ll bring more eyes on the street and will support more resident-specific retail like Uptown Valet right across the street.
So long as the post office is maintained in its exact current form and the addition is unobtrusive, GM doesn’t see any reason to object to the project. What do you think?