A real estate honcho from the U.S. Postal Service stopped by City Hall with an update on the agency's plans for the expected move of the Ellicott post office on Washington Street.
The post office still plans to close and sell its current building at 701 Washington, then move into a smaller facility nearby although a location hasn't yet been identified, said the Post Office's Gregory Lackey.
"We're looking for retail space that has its own parking," he told Common Council members.
The move won't result in any job losses, Lackey said. The delivery work once done out of the Ellicott station was moved years ago to Niagara Street, and the jobs went there too. That space in the Ellicott office is now empty, which is why the Post Office wants to move out of the 10,000 square-foot building, and into one about 1,600- square feet that will continue to handle the retail operation - selling stamps and packaging material, and accepting packages to ship, Lackey said.
"I'm happy to hear the post office isn't closing, but downsizing," said Council President Darius Pridgen, the Ellicott councilman, who mentioned that he worked as a mail clerk, mail carrier, and investigator for the U.S. Postal Service in the past.
Neighborhood News: Taco update:
The community meeting over proposed Deep South Taco, corner of Starin and Hertel, set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at North Buffalo Community Center, 203 Sanders. It's being organized by the Hertel Business Association and Delaware Councilman Joel Feroleto. The flyer I saw indicates it's an open invitation to all interested. From what I'm hearing, that's a lot of people.
A trip to UB
UB invited Mayor Brown to campus Wednesday, when the university signed the city's Opportunity Pledge encouraging a culture of inclusiveness and equity.
I don't know the racial/ethnic breakdown of UB's faculty, but I went on the College Board website to check race/ethnicity figures for UB's student population. It says 49 percent of the student body is white, while 7 percent is black/African American. The remainder of the study body, it says, is: 14 % Asian; 6 % Hispanic/Latino; 5% ethnicity unknown and 2% two races or more. Another 16 percent is listed as international, non-U.S. citizens identified as "non-resident aliens" by the College Board. It also says UB's student body is 45% female and 55% male.