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This past Tuesday, January 20th, YoungWoo and Associates finally unveiled a more detailed look at the full plans for the restoration and development of the landmark Bronx General Post Office at a hearing with New York City’s Landmark Preservation Commission.

The plan, as revealed, is one of the best adaptive reuses of a landmark building in The Bronx in a long time and will give residents access to the building like never before in its entire history. Personally, I’m very excited because the plans for use of the space is pretty much what I had suggested last February here on Welcome2TheBronx long before a new purchaser had been selected.

Minor alterations are proposed to the exterior and according to Curbed, most of it was deemed acceptable by the commissioners at the two hour meeting.

Some of the most noticeable changes, if approved (and it seems very likely they will be), are as follows:

  • Steps leading up to the main level will be added on 149th Street at the corner of the Grand Concourse.
  • The terraces on the north and south of the post office would be extended ever so slightly towards the rear of the building to create staircases leading down to Anthony J Griffin Place.
  • Three windows on The Grand Concourse side will be extended downwards to create new entrances.
  • The interior lobby will be restored to its original grandeur along with a more open feel and direct access to the market and retail area which will occupy the basement level and the area that is
  • now currently behind the post office service windows.
  • The revolving doors will be removed and will be replaced with swinging doors like the original.
  • Construction of a rooftop restaurant and terrace.
Original lobby
Original lobby

As previously discussed, postal service will remain in the building’s lobby and is not going anywhere.  This proposal will open the space to hundreds of thousands of people as the Bronx General Post Office is transformed into our borough’s version of a Chelsea Market allowing a new generation as well as an older generation to enjoy the beauty of a building that means so much to many of us.

Head on over to Curbed to see the full presentation.

Check out some more renderings below:

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