Palo Alto Considers Bid on Landmark Post Office

The Palo Alto City Council is expected to vote Tuesday night on an offer to buy the city's historic downtown post office.  

Palo Alto is among a hundred money-losing post offices in California facing closure -- including landmark buildings in Berkeley, Burlingame and San Rafael.

The 20,000- square-foot building has enough room to accommodate city workers and lease part of it back to the postal service.
"The opportunity is that we would then be able to have one of the historic buildings and we'd be able to keep it in its historic setting, and for the purpose of serving the public," said Palo Alto Vice Mayor Nancy Shepherd.

The Spanish Colonial Revival building was designed by noted local architect Birge Clark. It's on both the National Register of Historic Places and Palo Alto's registry of historic buildings.

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