The Green Street post office in Gainesville is relocating, and the property is now for sale.
The 29,000-square-foot building on an almost 3-acre lot at 364 Green St. is listed with The Simpson Co.
The U.S. Postal Service announced in March 2018 it would relocate the post office from its current site.
No public announcement has been made about the post office’s new location.
Rick Badie, a spokesman for the Postal Service, said Wednesday the Postal Service does not discuss real estate transactions. He said he also could not provide any information about a timeline for the office’s relocation.
Brenau University, which has facilities next door to the post office, plans to move forward with an offer, according to David Barnett, the university’s executive vice president and chief financial officer. Barnett said the building could have several possible uses, including space for the College of Education, rehearsal spots for the university’s performance programs or as a student gathering space.
U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, wrote a letter last year in support of the relocation, citing “safety concerns, inadequate parking and accessibility problems” at the Green Street location.
But in January, Collins wrote a letter to Postal Service real estate specialist Sandra Rybicki asking that his office receive “a plan for the identification and review of potential locations” and a list of locations under consideration. He said he was concerned the post office would relocate too far out of the downtown Gainesville area it is meant to serve.
Gainesville Mayor Danny Dunagan also wrote Rybicki a letter in January, asking that the new post office be “either in downtown Gainesville or at least in very close proximity to our downtown.”
Collins said Wednesday he was happy to see the relocation moving forward and the Postal Service marketing its property on Green Street.
“I hope they are able to find a great buyer, as we know there are a number of community interests at stake,” Collins said. “I am committed to continue working with the city of Gainesville and the post office to find a location within the downtown corridor that is best for both the post office and the residents of Gainesville.”