If the Post Office vacates its historic downtown building, what would you like to see there?

a new police station 32% 72 votes
condos 3% 8 votes
a farmers market and other regional merchants and attractions 42% 94 votes
a Target 14% 31 votes
a stock exchange 7% 16 votes
221 total votes


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Starbucks, duh.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
May 3, 2012 at 11:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Need adaptive reuse of post office, honoring its architecture and history coupled with good use of surrounding outside space and interior space to host farmer's market and appropriately related merchants on the interior...

DonJosedelaGuerra (anonymous profile)
May 3, 2012 at 2:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Need a new Congress majority that will not require the Postal Service to close downtown facilities.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
May 4, 2012 at 8:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

RIght, let's keep money-losing operations in business while forcing them to continue losing money. According to the local postmaster, they need 10% of the space they have. I can just imagine how many decades it would take for the local planning "experts" to approve a way to divvy up the building - 10% for the post office and 90% for others...BTW do you know where the new post office will be? Neither do I. Maybe it will be downtown!

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
May 5, 2012 at 8:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Maybe if "Mail Boxes, Etc" were to occupy the space instead, box holders would be able to accept UPS and FedEx packages.

Currently, a Santa Barbara box holder has to travel all the way to Goleta in order to pick something up from Fed Ex.

Something like "Mail Boxes Etc" could utilize the function of this downtown building's purpose, under existing architectural framework more efficiently, rather than just servicing USPS parcels only.

Since Post Office building is a protected landmark, very little can be done to retrofit the premises. Under existing landmark guidelines, a facility criteria would have to be met where a simple retail outlet, or even a police station, would not qualify landmark usage parameters.

This trend in Santa Barbara isn't good for area business: the elimination of bookstores downtown, but dress shops everywhere; nowhere to get pancakes at 4AM, but street sweeping, trash and generators rolling loudly on State Street between hours of 6AM to 8AM; and now, a financial district and government center with no post office .. all serve to be hostile to business development and the perception of service from not just a national, but also global perspective!

With the over valued appraisal of real estate properties around here, it may be inconducive for a business to think they can sustain in this economy. No doubt the City would be spending a lot of taxpayer money to sustain current market value statistics in converting it to a municipal office.

SantaNa (anonymous profile)
May 6, 2012 at 8:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Interesting idea. Maybe the existing space could be divided and leased to small businesses - the entire structure becoming sort of an indoor mall similar to one in Georgetown, but less grandiose. Question: parking?

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
May 6, 2012 at 9:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Keep your eyes peeled for the Down Post Office to be listed on:
This website has many Former US Post Offices that on the Auctioning block for sale to area businesses and the petty little 99.9%, meaning us (peons'). So when it goes without a buyer to the auctioning house of our Nation, look for it here!

dou4now (anonymous profile)
May 7, 2012 at 4:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)

You COULD get a group of you (self-styled) 'peons' together, bid on the building, use it to build a successful business, and become one of the 1%, or at least the 10%. That's how it's often done.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
May 7, 2012 at noon (Suggest removal)

I would suggest the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation get their hands on it, and tear it down and restore the preexisting Presidio buildings. Perhaps they are the new owners, as the new owners have not been revealed.

donaldDuck (anonymous profile)
June 1, 2012 at 7:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The Post Office building is there largely through the efforts of the late Thomas M. Storke, former owner of the Santa Barbara News-Press. Local historians have postulated that Storke favored using this site because it would wipe out Santa Barbara's bordellos (which old maps diplomatically termed "Female Residences"). I haven't been there in years, but I seem to recall that the the interior was graced by murals that were painted as a WPA project during the Depression. If they do, indeed exist, it would be criminal to destroy them, as it would be to destroy the building.

aspiringdiva (anonymous profile)
June 16, 2012 at 7:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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