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Pomona : Post Office Housing Plan

City officials are considering building low- and moderate-income housing atop a proposed post office in downtown Pomona.

The city last year budgeted $2.5 million to acquire four acres of land to donate to the Postal Service, which would build a new facility on the site to replace its crowded facility at 580 W. Monterey Ave.

City officials are exploring the idea of buying the land with federal housing funds, then building housing above the post office, City Administrator Julio Fuentes said.

The city is obtaining appraisals on two downtown-area sites. One extends between 1st and 3rd streets from Park Avenue east to Main Street. The other stretches from Main Street east to Garey Avenue between Monterey Avenue and the Southern Pacific station.

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Fuentes said that postal officials have been receptive to the concept but that discussions are at an early stage. He also said it has not been determined how many apartments might be built or what the cost would be.

Postal officials could not be reached for comment.

A resolution authorizing use of housing funds to acquire a post office site will be considered by the council May 21.


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