My dear wife has her first opinion piece as a private citizen in the Daily Journal today. Kudos to Jon Mays for reaching out to an "expert" on the topic of our downtown Post Office. It's been a topic of interest here on the Voice for awhile as you can read by clicking on the category to the right or here.
Cathy offers three opportunities to the new owners and the community at large.
Local landmark: An opportunity exists to preserve one of the most important structures both to Burlingame’s history and its historic downtown.
Lucrative tax benefits: With the city’s recent adoption of the California Mills Act (for property tax abatement) coupled with federal tax credits available for commercial restoration and AB 1999-Economic Development and State Historic Tax Credits, the new owner has the opportunity to reap huge financial incentives for adaptive re-use of the building.
Lasting legacy: This magnificent building along with its 1.4 acres of land and the possible use of the adjacent city parking lot, could be developed as an enduring public/private use space incorporating a public square, recreation space for families as well as a spot to hold a farmers’ market and other worthwhile community events a la Redwood City’s Courthouse square or San Francisco’s Ferry Building.
I won't make the fatal spousal mistake of adding to or modifying anything she says, but do click through and read the whole piece.