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Post office possibilities

Looks like the Mount Eden and Bradford (downtown) branches of Hayward post offices are still on the list of ones that could be closed. According to today’s wire story, there’s just not as much mail as there used to be, courtesy of the recession and that newfangled Internet and e-mail.

Local historian Frank Goulart said that closing the 1930s-era downtown post office could facilitate other uses for the building.

“Buildings have a habit of developing,” he said. For example, the original downtown post office, two blocks from Bradford, is now used as the headquarters for the Hayward Area Historical Society. Goulart said that if closed, the Bradford could be incorporated into plans to build a new main library next door, or even used as a community theater.

“Hayward desperately needs a performing arts center,” he said. “You go in, you got that marble, all the nice wood and stuff. That could be a little lobby, and then the back mail sorting part could make a reasonable performance hall. There are things we can do to make old buildings come to a new life with the city. We need to find ways to maintain the nicer, older buildings with development that would be complementary, and get the best of both words — an old building with the modern uses that we want.”

If both Hayward post offices on the list were to close, the city would be left with the main branch at 24438 Santa Clara St. and one at 249 W. Jackson St. — both of which are at least 1 and a half miles from the at-risk offices. A final list of closures is expected next month.

The little Mt. Eden branch isn’t exactly historic, but locals love it for the convenience. Maury O’Connel, who lives within walking distance of the Mt. Eden branch but chooses to drive there “because I’m lazy,” has his own reason to hope it’s not on the final closure list.

O’Connel has had an enviable piece of real estate at the building for more than 25 years: Post Office Box # 1.

“I used to use it for business and I’ve just hung on to it through the years,” he said. “I hope (the branch) doesn’t close because then I’ll still be No. 1,” he said. 

Eric Kurhi

  • http://flickr.com/people/alexh1013 Alex Harmon

    theres a post office on Jackson?

  • J. W. Kyle

    POST OFFICE CONVERTED TO THEATER? NAW, THAT AIN’T GONNA HAPPEMN ANYMORE THAN fRANK WILL RAISE MONEY TO
    INVEST IN ANOTHER USE FOR THE ‘OLD’ cITY HALL WHICH FACES THE PRESENT LIBRARY.

    I THINK THE PROBABILITIES ARE STRONGER… THAT THE BUILDING WILL BRE TURNED INTO A UNION MEETING HALL FOR HUSD SCHOOL TEACHERS.

    THINK ABOUT IT ! THE GATHERING OF TROOPS FOR A RALLY AT CITY HALL WHEN HUSD TRUSTEES MEET ARE STRONGER THAN THAN THE PROBABILITIESD OF VCREATING A PERFORMIONG ARTS CENTER. YOU NEED A STROTGER NIGHT LIFE SCENE THAN IS OCCURING IN ‘down – town’ HAYWARED. THE BEACH BLANKET BINGO GROPU DIOEWS NOT DO ROAD SHOWS….. NOT ENOUGH TRUNKS TO CARRY ALL THE HATS ETC.

    UNLESS OF COURSE WE BORROW THE MONEY A CERTAIN GROUP IS RAISING FOR RE-USE OF OLD CITY HALL…. SURELY THEY HAVE RAISED CASH BY NOW?

  • TheVoice

    Once again…
    I will state that the downtown PO needs to be taken over by the city and build a new state of the art 3-4 story library with a walkway to the parking garage. Calpine will be kicking in $10 million, Lets look forward and think smart. Hayward needs a new library and parking is available.

    The old downtown library then can be converted to a multi-purpose building housing a variety of functions and uses. Let’s move into the future and smart, not wasteful or short sighted.

  • http://flickr.com/people/alexh1013 Alex Harmon

    the old libary would be a great place for the museum. the Library Plaza is historical. theres a story about it and it had to do with Don Castro and the land could be only used for certain stuff….

  • J. W. Kyle

    The Voice dosn’t get it!

    Where will the City get the money? The power plant deal is not yet assured!

    The State of Cal;ifoprnia has chisled away at our share of Gas Tax money, to say nothing of our redevelopment money.

    Post office is not yet closed…….

  • TheVoice

    Lets stop everything and not plan for the future. Great idea Kyle..

    Gas tax money will get repaid with interest and I’ll bet you that calpine comes to town. The economy will improve sooner or later, and with the cuts the city has made and utility tax approved,we will be in a better situation when all this falls into place.

  • J. W. Kyle

    iN RESPONSEW TO THE VOICE…

    Odd, Kyle dosn’t think of the future?

    Well fella, where were you when I raised the question of truck stops, First at the airport back in the late ’90′s then more recently, at Golden Gate Fields ( soon to close?) and then also at the portion of land immediately south of I-580, at that overcrossing seen as the Fallon Rd. / El Charro Rd over pass, on south east side of I-580 3 miles east of I-680.

    Federal Aviation Admin. (FAA) ‘gave’ Livermore $30 million to acquire land between the Landing strip known as runway 7R and the freeway….. the only insstruction was to not build anything which was noise sensitive.

    SEEMS THAT WHEN THE LIVERMOTRE RUNWAY WAS EXTENDED TO MEET REQUIREMENTS OF JETS, ((THUS EQUALIZING THE ‘COMPETITION BETWEEN HAYWARD AND LIVERMORE) WHICH COULD NOT LIFT OFF WITH A FULL LOAD OF FUEL, THEY CAME TO HAYWARD, WHICH CAUSED US TO REVISE OUR NOISE ORDINANCE, ( MUCH TO ANNOYANCE OF FAA!

    GUESS WHAT ??? THAT LIVERMORE RUNWAY WAS OPENED IN THE SAME MONTH THAT THE NOISE ORDINANCE WAS PASSED. IMMEDIATELY IT WAS NOT NECEASSARY TO STOP AT hAYWARD AND BUY FUEL….. WHICH CAUSED AN UP0ROAR HERE IN HAYWARD BECAUSE OUR ORDINANCE CAUSED A LOSS OF LOCAL BUSNESS! lOCAL PILOTS COULD NOT UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEM UNTIL YOUR TRULY POINTED OUT THE FACTS AT THE MEETINGS OF AIRPORT MASTER PLAN.

    THEN…. THE JETS IN lIVERMORE WERE CREATING A HELL OF A LOT OF NOISE OVER PLEASANTON HONES AND SCHOOLS…. SO, AFTER SCRATCHI8NG THEIR HEADS ABOUT THE NEW PROBLEM AND HAVING PREVIOUSLY GOTTEN THE CONGRESS TO Pass a law forbuidding new Noise ordinances anywhere in the US. The FAA screwed it’s brother organi- zation…. The Dept of Highways by taking a big share of their JOINT budget to give to Livermore with the singlE caveat …. “don’t build anythihng which is noise sensitive!”

    That involved acreage would have been an ideal location for a Truck Stop taking at least 750 trucks out ogf the morning commute over the Altamont and another 750 trucks out of the ait pollutinG commute easterly in the evening’s commute.

    Guess whAT WILL BE BUILT THERE? iT’S BEEN APPROVED BY lIVERMOR…. A MANUFACTURER’S RETAIL OUTLET SIMILAR TO WHAT WAS BUILT IN GILROY AND VACAVILLE….. IT’S SUPPOSED TO ATTRACT FOLKS FROJM 40 OR SO MILES IN ANY DIRECTION ( 80 MILOE RADIUS).

    NOW, THE TRUCKERS AND THOSE WHO BREATH THE AIR IN THE VALLEY AS WELL AS ELSEWHERE, WILL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL 2035 WHENL METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT HOPES TO RAISE ABOUT @1.25 BILLI8OMN IN ORDER TO WIDEN THE ALTAMONT PASS WITH A TRUCK LANE ADDED IN EACH DIRECTION.

    ALBANY WITHIN WHICH CITY GOLDEN GATE FIELDS IS SITUATED
    DOES NOT WANT A TRUCK STOP ON THAT SITE WHICH WOULD HANDLE SERVICES TO 1,000 TRUCKS, AT ANY GIVEN TIME, INCLUDING NEW TECHNOLOGY WHICH TRUCKERS USE TO PROVIDE ELECTRIC POWER, HEAT AND AIRCONDITIONING TO AVOID THE PTRACTICE OF ENGINE IDLING AT NIGHT, HOTELS. 300 SEAT RESTAURANT, MECHANICAL SERVICES…. ( IN OTHER WORDS a real money maker)….

    To repeat… AlbANY DOES WANT THOSE KINDS OF PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, HOOKERS, PIMPS, DRUG SALES ETC ANYWHERE NEAR THERE CITY…….. (JUST AS IF TRUCK STOP OWNERS and trusck owners did not want themn either…) . too much money is wrapped up in trucks as well as truck stops to permit the scenes taken from some 1930 or 1940 movie’

    Shucks, Albany has 16,000 residents and probably 4 or 5 thousand voters who know mopre ABOUT WHAT THEY DON’T WANT THEN WHAT THEY DO WANT… EXAMPLE ” TRUCK ENGINES, OF THE DIESEL TYPE HAVE BEEN POLLUTING THE AIR IN Albany as wekll as in West Oakland.

    Truck engines on I-580 pollute hell out of Liivermore’s supply of air but we don’t want no stinking trucks drivers and their associated problems in Livermore or Albany.

    So now WhAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN?

    WELL MISTER. ‘THE VOICE” LET YOURSELF BECOME AWARE THAT THE ALAMEDA COUNTY CONGETION MANAGMENT AGENCY SPENT WELL OVER $150,000 of tax payers moneY supplied through state agencies to do a study….

    10 trucks here AND FOUR ( ONE UNDER CATRO VALLEY’S THE CENTRAL ST. OVERPASS, EST BIOUND I-580 !!!!) THERE ARE SCATTERED LOCATIONS IDENTIFIED ALOMG THE FREEWAYS IN OAKLAND. ABOUT 25% OF THE SITES THEY RECOMEND FOR USE AS ‘CONVENIENCE PARKING’ FOR TRUCKS WILL OCCUR HERE IN HAYWARD AND IT’S IMMEDIATE ENVIR=ONS….. nONE IN LIVERMORE WHISH IS WELL KNOWN FOR IT’S POSTINGS OF ‘NO PARKING SIGNS.

    THEY DO NOT REDCOMMEND CASUAL PARKING IN UNION CITY WHICH IS FULLY UNDERSTANDABLE SINCE THE MAYOR OF UNION CITY PRESIDES OVER THE BOARD AT ALAMEDA COUNTY TMC.

    THE BIG RECOMMENDATION BROUGHT FORWARD BY THIS GROUP IS THE NIGHT TIME USE OF SOUTHLAND MALL FOR TRUCK PARKING.

    YOU WANT PLANNINHG….TRY TO CONTROL A TRUCK PARKING PROBLEM AT SOUTHLOAND MALL… WHERE THERE WILL BE NO SERVICES EXCEPT THOSE PROVIDED BY WOMEN OF THE NIGHT AS THEY ‘TROLL’ PAST THE TRUKS LOOKING FOR SEX OR DRUG CUSTOMERS…… IF YOU HAVN’T NOTICED THERE ARE MUCH PLENTY BARS NEARBY TO ADD INTEREST…

    BUT YOU GO AHEAD… WORRY ANOUT THE POST OFFICE WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT CLOSE.

    STICK YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND AND CONTINUE TO ELECT FOLKS WHO SIMPLY…. WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE……
    (BETWEEN WHAT AND WHATEVER ?.