News: Post Office Post-Mortem

Written by J Patrick Brown. Posted in Business, Community

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.”

Scout Picks: Race to the Row

Written by J Patrick Brown. Posted in Daily

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The second annual Race to the Row 5k will take place Sunday, Aug. 24, at Assembly Row in Somerville’s Assembly  Square District.

The race through Somerville’s newest neighborhood will provide a tour of the new outlets, apartments, restaurants, T station and courtyard at Assembly Row. Running around and through the development and along the Mystic River, the race will end with a free, outdoor pizza party and the opportunity for participants to have a front row view of the recently opened development.

The race is for runners of all ages and skill levels, offering a Children’s Fun Run in addition to the 5k race/walk. The Children’s Fun Run will begin at 9 a.m. The 5k race/walk will commence at 9:30 a.m. All registered runners will have access to the post-race party and receive pizza from Ernesto’s Pizza and ice cream from J.P. Licks, which both have locations at Assembly Row.

Register here.

 

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