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Friday, August 22, 2014

Eastside Property: What’s in store for the York Boulevard post office parking lot?

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HIGHLAND PARK: It looks like customers of the Highland Park post office on York Boulevard are eventually going to have to find a new place to park. The parking lot immediately next to the York post office is being shopped around as the site for a potential, free-standing retail or restaurant building in a “vibrant and rapidly gentrifying urban area” and a “great” alternative to Silver Lake according to the listing on LoopNet.

The U.S. Postal service has not renewed parking lot leases at many of its offices as part of budget-cutting efforts, prompting the lot owners to seek new tenants and uses.  In Echo Park, the property owners for a former post office lot on Glendale Boulevard have proposed building a small shopping center while a developer is planning to build several homes on the former parking lot of the Atwater Village post office.

In Highland Park, the marketing materials for the parking lot currently used by postal customers show a diagram for an approximately 2,500 square-foot building with seven parking spaces.  The new building, which would be located halfway between Avenue 51 and 52,  would be leased out at $3.50 a  square-foot but, so far, no building permits have been pulled for this project, according to online records.

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18 comments

  1. Not only will Post Office customers park, but where will people for the new business park? There’s not much street parking around there, and it fills up fast. Guess everyone will have to walk from the lot behind Citibank.

  2. There will be tons of bike corrals. That should be sufficient! Cars are evil!

    • Better idea: How about we bulldoze the Post Office and make the parking lot BIGGER. Then, if necessary, we can bulldoze the businesses next door and have an even bigger parking lot! The street is obviously suffering since the evil, anti-car road diet was put in, maybe this can be a way to make things better. God knows the public lots behind Citibank and Do It Best Hardware aren’t, in addition to the on-street parking and parking on adjacent neighborhood streets, are not enough.

    • I don’t get why people say cars are evil, it’s not like they make us fat, give our kinds asthma, pollute the air, cause any property damage, are responsible for hit-and-runs, etc… Stop trying to give us transportation options, we LOVE to drive, it’s not like we ever complain about traffic or having to travel great distances to get somewhere. Make driving the ONLY viable transportation option and we will all be better off. smh.

  3. Where will post office customers park? Let me see…There is a parking lot down the freaking street on ave 51 behind citibank, metered parking, a parking lot behind Do it Best Hardware. This is why America is fat.

    • Some of us have to work out of our cars and our jobs take us to the far reaches of the city… I haul stuff in my car as well.
      The amount of driving, walking and lifting would make any cubicle worker weep. My car has yet to make me fat… the Donut Friend, however, is another story. :)

      The issue I take with this is that there are usually a lot of local business owners who use this outpost for SHIPPING. I’ve seen many patrons unloading tons of boxes here. They may have to learn how to juggle apparently! Hopefully there will at least be a couple loading zones at least…

  4. But seriously, they can kiss my PO Box goodbye. First they cut the lobby hours from 24/7 (which meant I could check it after work or when I’m on York otherwise or whenever the hell I want) down to their retail hours, and now I’m supposed to either drive around the block a few times to find a meter spot, or park a block away? Not worth it.

    I get plenty of exercise otherwise, and don’t need my trips to the post office to be a source of it, thank you.

  5. The size of the lot is way out of proportion to the needs of the Post Office. Every time I’ve been there, even when it’s busy as hell, the parking lot is 80% empty. However, no one other than postal customers is allowed to park there, so it’s mostly wasted space.

    Why not dedicate 8-10 spaces right next to the building as Post Office parking, and turn the rest into metered public parking, which is in short supply on York? It would generate revenue, increase the number of public parking spaces on York, and still leave the Post Office with enough parking for its customers.

    • That’s a great idea! Too much parking in this city is free, but only for the right people. I often get somewhere in a car, and see a huge empty lot right next to where I’m going, but it’s locked shut for the night, and then have to park a block away. (It’s very rare that I ever have to park more than a block or two away.)

  6. Two things:
    There is a large facility with lots of parking at the intersection of Figueroa and Colorado Blvd, that will be the new ‘big’ post office as the smaller ones are phased out.
    Anyone who follows some of the local yahoo groups for NELA, ASNC and others has read
    the complaintes and comments about the ineptitude, lack of service and other problems with some of the smaller office. I for one will welcome the change. The problem is some of the workers and definitely some of the supervisors.
    I don’t know what the hours are at that facility but if you want a PO box, get one sooner rather than later.

    The second issue is the very shortsighted approach to streets and parking. Bikes are well and good for those fit enough to use them but remember, we are in a greying population. I think there are many more people who are car-dependent (not by choice) than those who are car-free by choice.
    Trendy neighborhoods are just that: Trendy. Who goes to Melrose now for the latest things or the choice restaurants? Places become popular, rents go up and the adventurous set off to find affordable lodging in a not-too-bad environment. Others follow and the interesting becomes trendy and the cycle continues. And behind the waves and trendy main streets are neighborhoods still populated by ordinary families who are still living their lives as they have. They can’t live their lives on a bicycle and all the scoldings from the hipsters (and their ilk) about not polluting the planet isn’t going to change them.
    I had business just off York the other day (I avoid the area otherwise where once it was a nice place to visit). In the process of finding the location I wanted (not on York) I had to go around the block, etc., and all in all I spend at least 20 minutes in my car, on streets. I saw more cyclists on sidewalks than I did on the streets. I sw more people on motorcycles than I did people on bicycles. And I saw a huge backlog of cars at every red light intersection that seldom cleared before the light turned red again.

    I’m sorry bike riders, you haven’t made your case to my satisfaction. You require
    sacrifices and conditions from others but what are you willing to give up to help others live a better life? At least when the JWs start talking I know at least that their beliefs are grounded in something besides ego and self-satisfaction.

    • I also have observed that nobody goes to York Blvd. now as it is too crowded.

      LOL.

    • I strongly disagree: the personnel at the York station is among the best. A strong part of the neighborhood, and personable and professional. You want lousy personnel? Go to the Edendale branch.

    • I’m unaware of the outcry from seniors having difficulty getting to the trendy boutiques and restaurants on York

  7. While we’re on the subject of post offices, there is a proposal to allow post offices to offer small loans and check-cashing services, and their interest rates and terms would be much more favorable than the usurious, exploitative rates charged by payday lenders. I imagine that the proposal will face an uphill battle, but the more people who are aware of it – and who advocate for it – the better chance it has.

    http://www.npr.org/2014/02/07/272652648/post-office-could-rack-up-billions-by-offering-money-services

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