The United States Postal Service is moving forward with the sale of the General Post Office on the Grand Concourse, and now that it's a reality the community is beginning to imagine other uses for the site. NY1's Erin Clarke filed the following report.
There's no doubt the Bronx General Post Office will become something else.
"A boutique hotel to a restaurant to a green roof to having the surrounding outdoor space as a way for a cafe, some type of trendy market," said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
Those are just some ideas developers have told the borough president they have in mind for the landmark building the United States Postal Service is selling.
But because the building has landmark status, as do the murals on the walls inside, developers have to design with care.
"You're not going to be able to cut into the walls as someone would with other buildings because of the landmark status, and we definitely want two things. We want to preserve the murals inside," said Diaz.
The postal service put out a Request for Proposals or RFP with the deadline next week.
Developers are now submitting their plans.
And while many have grand ideas about what this building should become, community members are adding their two cents and hoping they're heard because they say so far they've had little input.
"You know, I always wanted a convention center," said one community member.
"I think it would be great if they could make it into a youth center with an Olympic size pool and a track," said another community member.
"If they sell this building it would be likely to be a housing project or a housing unit," said another community member.
But regardless of what this building becomes, the United States Postal Service says the services that bring people to this building will remain in it or nearby
A postal service spokeswoman said the agency would explore leasing space from the new owner or seek commercial space elsewhere.
In the end, the postal service can do as it pleases - accept or reject any proposal and even request alterations, meaning the process could take a while.
When a new owner is finally chosen, though, Diaz wants to sit down and discuss plans in hopes of gaining community trust in the project that has thus far made residents feel left out.