Most of the Burlingame City Council wants the sale of the downtown post office to be free of federal historical preservation requirements that can tie local control with the exception of Councilwoman Cathy Baylock, who disagreed.
During its meeting Monday, the council voted 4-1 to send a letter to the U.S. Postal Service requesting that preservation covenants not be added as a requirement of sale for the property at 220 Park Road. Doing so, the majority said, would tie local control and the historical considerations would be covered under the California Environmental Quality Act. Baylock, on the other hand, said the practice is customary and could act as an extra form of protection for a historical aspect of Burlingame’s downtown.
Let's hope the Feds do what the Feds do best in this case--ignore the letter. Either of the "Top Two" proposals on the table would mangle the downtown as we know it and may not past muster on any sort of preservation of the building.