Demolition began too hastily this week at the historic Venice Post Office —a New Deal-era building similar to the one in downtown Santa Monica.
A county inspector stopped construction work there on Wednesday, saying the contractor "jumped the gun on work that is currently in plan check for review."
It's the first demolition at the station, which is being sold to a Hollywood producer to generate cash for the financially strapped United States Postal Service. The services once housed in the now vacant building were relocated to an annex carrier facility not too far away.
The postal service is proposing a similar plan for the Main Street post office in Santa Monica. Such as the case in Santa Monica, the Venice community strongly objected to the closure.
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