What Should Go Into the Post Office Building?

Visions for Vacancies: A post office is always a gathering place in a downtown. With the Third Street post office property for sale, what should go there next?

Joe Stanton had a vision for filling the vacancy of the downtown Geneva post office, at 26 S. Third St.

Back in 2010, the Geneva businessman and this year's had an interesting proposal to do an adaptive re-use of the building that would have allowed the post office to remain at its present site.

was to keep the post office entrance on Third Street and create a new building entrance to the left of the current main entrance as you face the building, a change that would have provided room for two additional tenants in a lower basement area.

It didn't happen, but it was a creative idea.

The was hoping to rally enough support to where it is. The petition drive was proposed in a chamber e-blast in July 2011.

What do you think? Should the post office stay a post office? Is there possibly a better use? If so, what would it be?

Share your ideas in the comments section below.

Sarah Henschel March 30, 2012 at 10:27 AM
Make the children's part of the Libirey.
ann holt-harris March 30, 2012 at 12:54 PM
The post office should sell it to one of those companies that operate data centers. See DLR on the NY stock exchange for example.
Colin C. March 30, 2012 at 01:14 PM
How about an Apple store? After all, the computer based internet is what's putting the Post Office out of business.
Jan March 30, 2012 at 04:08 PM
I absolutely DO NOT understand what the point is of these "What should go in building X" column editorials. The buildings are owned by their respective owners. They are for sale. Whoever buys them is whoever buys them. And, whatever they are rented for to whomever is the property owner and the prospective renter's affair. No one else has ANY say in the matter! These sorts of spitballing questions are pure exercises in both futility and speculation. What's the point?
Stacy March 30, 2012 at 04:35 PM
The point is that this is a sounding board to let building owners, the city planning commission, the Chamber, etc. know WHAT Genevan's would like to see in these buildings and what they'd like their future downtown to look like. I enjoy these editorials. I am invested in Geneva's future and would like to see these stores be fruitful and profitable for downtown. The Post Office has a lot of hurdles, but it is a great location. My husband and I were discussing last night that a French Market or Casbah would be lovely in the post office location. Fresh Bread (Great Harvest), Olive Oil, Fruits and Vegetables, fresh flowers etc, etc. Similar to the vision that Marty Kane had when he suggested a local "market" of sorts. It is a lovely location with built in parking and could be adjusted to suit the needs of the town.
Jason March 30, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Can I simply ask whose job it is to court these businesses to Geneva? Who calls the folks at Apple (or any of the other suggested businesses) and says “we have your next store location and it’s in downtown Geneva, IL”? Tell me we're not just waiting right person with Apple to drive by and notice one of the many "For Lease" signs that are spreading like a disease through our beautiful town. I would love to read a monthly report (Via the Geneva Patch?) from this person or committee to learn what is being done to lure business to downtown Geneva. The vacancy situation is absolutely ridiculous. Are these “Visions for Vacancies” articles simply pie in the sky nonsense OR is Geneva actually putting a plan of action behind the “brainstorming?”
C. J. April 01, 2012 at 02:01 AM
It is the post office of choice for many Genevans. I frequently go there & love the building & people that work there. They are always helpful & smiling! Very sad to see it go....IF no one buys it-perhaps it will stay a post office!
Stephen Gibson April 02, 2012 at 04:25 PM
What should go into the Post Office building? Simple. Customers should go into the Post Office. As soon as this economy starts to come back, we're all going to be sorry to have lost so many retail options in this country in the name of "cost savings". We're going to be down to nothing but the giant corporations like Amazon and Wal-Mart telling us what quality is, and what good prices are. The Post Office is an outstanding competitive option to the exorbitant shipping prices of FedEx and UPS -- even before you talk about their tacked on fuel surcharges! And the convenience of both a retail outlet and delivery home base in the same building here near home means you don't need to drive to Naperville to pick up a missed delivery!


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