Council approves old post office purchase for $1

The building at 30 North Taft Street, referred to as the “old post office,” will soon have a new owner and may have a new purpose in early 2020, if a plan put in place by the Humboldt City Council on Monday is realized. Humboldt Independent file photo

After more than a dozen years of dormancy, something may be moving besides dead letters at the old Humboldt Post Office Building, 30 Taft Street North.
After several failed attempts to purchase the abandoned property, it looks like the city of Humboldt will be able to obtain the building for $1 and then will seek grant funding and a buyer to revitalize and repurpose the former old post office site.
Humboldt City Administrator Travis Goedken reported that the city has been working with the absentee property owners of the building for years to try to rehab or purchase the property. He reported that the property has changed hands during that time.
On Oct. 29, the city received an email from Postal Realty Trust that they would sell the building to the city for $1.
He said the plan is for the city to apply for a Community Catalyst Grant in the maximum amount of $100,000.
Goedken said the city will begin drafting requests for proposals to get an interested developer or entrepreneur excited about rehabbing the building. Read more news about Humboldt city government in this week's Humboldt Independent. Subscribe by clicking on the link at the top of this page.

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