For 88 years, the three-story tan brick building on the corner of Cortez and Goodwin streets has served as a United States Post Office, courthouse and gathering spot for innumerable Prescottonians.
Recently, many were surprised at the appearance of a “For Sale” sign on the building, although in the meantime, it continues as a functioning post office.
The U.S. Postal Service has announced plans to find a new location for a downtown postal facility. City officials last November had received a letter from real estate specialists with the U.S Postal Service (USPS), explaining, “The Postal Service is considering relocation because the current location is larger than is typically required to conduct our ongoing operations.”
There is a second post office at 442 Miller Valley Road.
The historic building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, contains 25,778- square-feet of usable space. Under the three stories is a full basement.
A brochure listing the building and its facilities does not contain a mention of price. The building is described as an example of Beaux-Arts classicism, which now is considered a rare architectural example of that era.
The U.S. Postal Service Corporate Commission division is handling all inquiries from those interested in the building. Rod Spurgeon, a representative of that division, said the USPS does not have any specific location identified at this time, but that it likely would be close to the current site. He also noted that the USPS might consider a lease back of a portion of the existing building.
Terms for purchase of the building stipulate it must be for cash. Those interested can contact the USPS for additional details. 1-800-Ask-USPS® (275-8777)