Returning the former Post Office Building to Productivity

“What can we do with the old Post Office building? The building, which is located on Sullivan Ave, has been vacant for more than a decade.

Since I began serving on the Town Council, one of the questions that I have been
asked, most frequently, has been, “What can we do with the old Post Office
building? The building, which is located on Sullivan Ave, has been vacant for
more than a decade. It is close proximity to the Town Hall and Library and has parking space necessary for use.  Rather than an asset, the edifice drains resources for maintenance and - more importantly - provides no tax benefits or other assets to the Town. It is high time that we address this issue and return this building to productivity.

Like every other town in CT, South Windsor could benefit from attracting new business establishments. There are entrepreneurs with new ideas, resources and products who are looking for the right resources, support and opportunity. The weak state of the economy and scarcity of start-up capital make it difficult or impossible for these businesses to thrive. In this, I see an opportunity.

I suggest that we consider turning the old Post Office building into the South Windsor Business Center. By refurbishing the building, South Windsor would gain an important resource and potential source of tax revenue. In addition, As a modern business space, available at  a reasonable cost, it , will attract local and other entrepreneurs. A vibrant business environment will contribute to the tax base, thus lessening the burden on all of us. At the least, I believe this is an idea which deserves to be explored.  Allowing the building to remain vacant and useless is not in the best interest of the Town. I am interested in your thoughts and ideas about returning the former Post Office building to productivity.

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Tony Fornuto July 27, 2012 at 03:07 PM
"Boondoggle?" Interesting comment from the former mayor, considering that the cost of refurbishing that building was FAR less when it was purchased and forward movement on getting that done was blocked by the GOP controlled Town Council at the time.
Charles F July 27, 2012 at 05:51 PM
So if I'm not mistaken, Councilor Prague says that this is a bad idea. However he turns around and says it is a great idea as long as it is not Dr. Anwar’s idea. If this is how he makes his decisions, I as the South Windsor resident am worried about our town.
Pete July 27, 2012 at 09:33 PM
It may have actually come from Mitt Romney or even Linda McMann
Kevin July 28, 2012 at 11:52 PM
"Let's really look at the big picture and not use posturing for politics as a method to get publicity." I am a bit concerned that you would accuse a fellow member of the Town Council of "posturing for politics for publicity." I think Dr. Anwar has suggested a great idea that is MORE COST EFFECTIVE. Even if I trusted your $2M estimate (which I do not), Dr. Anwar's plan is $1 million less than yours. What happened to the "every dollar counts" platform of the Republicans? Oh, that's right, it was just a gimmick to get re-elected.
Rob October 19, 2012 at 01:05 PM
I am actually very surprised that South Windsor has done nothing with it. It is surrounded by town property. There have been several ideas over the years, and the one that I loved the most which was shot down faster than the idea ever came about...was giving it to the Ambulance Corp and letting them rehab it and make it a training center since they do classes on a regular basis.


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