The landmarked Bronx General Post Office, over the protests of many local residents and politicians, has sold to developer Young Woo & Associates, the Daily News reports. It is not yet known what Young Woo's plans for the 1935 building are, but since they were recently spurned in their bid to turn Kingsbridge Armory into a Chelsea Market-type complex, the speculation is that it will be something along those lines. Earlier this year, local Bronx blog Welcome2TheBronx imagined what the redeveloped Post Office could be like in this very scenario, filled "with the aroma of the cuisines of Albania, Ghana, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Italy, Bangladesh, India, Jamaica, Ireland, Nigeria, Mexico, and all the many other ethnicities that our borough is home to." The plan, they wrote, could work because:
The building is located right next to the 149th Street and Grand Concourse subway station on the 2,4, and 5 express trains which sees over 4 million passengers annually. Just one stop North on the 4 train is 161st Street and River Avenue, right next to Yankee Stadium, which has a ridership of almost 9 million a year and one stop East on the 2 and 5 Line you have 3rd Avenue and 149th Street Station with 7.5 million riders annually. Whatever Young Woo decides to do with their new property, the Post Office will remain, with a "small retail presence," and will retain stewardship of the 13 iconic Depression-era murals that decorate the building's lobby. Those murals were designated interior landmarks earlier this year by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The exterior was designated a landmark in 1976.
· EXCLUSIVE: Developer Youngwoo & Associates buys historic Bronx General Post Office building [NYDN]
· The Bronx General Post Office Reimagined as a Chelsea Market/Eataly Hybrid with a Bronx Twist? [Welcome2TheBronx]
· Bronx General Post Office coverage [Curbed]