Mail facility may get new home in Boston

Boston Herald | By Donna Goodison
May 5, 2017

Massport signed a letter of intent Wednesday with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to acquire an approximately four-acre parcel in South Boston that could help pave the way for the relocation of the U.S. Postal Service mail facility from the downtown side of Fort Point Channel.

The authority would combine the U.S. Army Reserve-owned land at 525 E St. — now used as paved parking — with 12 adjacent Massport acres that partly front Summer Street and offer the combined land for the postal facility.

“In order to make a whole parcel for the post office project, it would be advantageous to have this parcel — which the Army doesn’t need anymore — included,” Massport CEO Thomas Glynn said.

In exchange for the land, Massport would build an 8,000-square-foot tactical equipment maintenance facility for the U.S. Army Reserve on Army land at the former Fort Devens, Glynn said. The land and construction each are valued at about $10 million, he said.

Russell Wicke, spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers, confirmed the negotiations.

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