Thanks to the efforts of the Santa Monica Conservancy and the City’s Landmark Commission, on Tuesday night the City Council voted in favor a preservation covenant for the old Downtown Santa Monica Post Office at Fifth and Arizona.
The move was approved in a 5-1 vote, with Mayor Pam O’Connor voting no. In casting her vote Mayor O’Connor said, “What this is doing is shifting the responsibility to the local government. This is definitely a historic building but this is not the way to go about preserving it.”
The approval of the covenant now ensures that any future buyer of the property (the City has the building up for sale), will not make any changes to the 75-year-old building without the consent of the City Council.
The City shut down the post office in June, and moved it to Seventh Street in July.
What do you think of the City Council’s decision?