Port eyes post office building

Sunnyside's downtown Post Office building was a topic for discussion at last night's regularly scheduled Port of Sunnyside meeting.

According to Port Executive Director Amber Hansen, a port commissioner had learned of a situation in which an old post office building had been donated to the city of Las Vegas and later used as a museum. The Sunnyside commissioner had asked Hansen to look into the possibility of doing that with the post office building here.

"The Sunnyside Post Office is owned by the Postal Service, which is not a government, and therefore needs to operate like a business and cannot donate the property," Hansen told commissioners in a memo.

The asking price for the building is $750,000.

"It's a little out of our funding reach," Hansen said.

But, she told commissioners in her memo, "I did learn that they are open to offers and considering the economic issues and the fact that it has been on the market for so long; we could probably make a very low offer that may be accepted."

She did say she will continue to look into the cost of utilities for the building.

She said the original idea was that the Port would use the offices upstairs and possibly even rent out office space to others. The downstairs could be used for a "niche market."


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