By Aaron Dentel-Post
Photo by Sofia Drago
For a cool $2.4 million, Somerville’s former Post Office in the heart of Union Square – and all its accompanying controversy – can be yours.
“Within walking distance to the MBT A’s Orange Line, 237 Washington Street provides excellent visibility, accessibility and an outstanding traffic count. The building has served as the Somerville Post Office since the 1930s,” tempts the advertising on uspspropertiesforsale.com.
But the Union Square property continues to incite debate, speculation and federal review – partially focused on the Ross Moffett mural located in the lobby, whether the USPS was lax in following Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the lack of outcry from public officials around the sale and claims that closure of the office has affected postal service in the city.
“The carriers are now working out of Chelsea Carrier Annex and are expected to use the same amount of hours despite the extra travel time,” said a postal worker who did not wish to be named, commenting on the recent delivery disruptions in Somerville. “Work is rushed and careless errors are being made.”