State could buy downtown Annapolis post office

Top state officials will decide Wednesday whether to buy the Annapolis post office on Church Circle to use it for government offices.

The Board of Public Works -- comprised of the governor, comptroller and treasurer -- will vote on spending $3.2 million to buy the building.

Appraisals for the building at 1 Church Circle range from a low of $950,000 to a high of $3.55 million, according to the state.

The property is less than one acre and the building is 13,058 square feet. Under the proposed deal, the state would lease 4,200 square feet of the building to the U.S. Postal Service for between eight and 20 months at a rate of $20 per square foot.

By purchasing the "historic treasure," the state could "incorporate it into the State's historic Annapolis government campus," according to Board of Public Works documents. The post office sits next to the James Senate Office Building.

In addition to the Church Circle location, the U.S. Postal Service has post offices in Annapolis on Legion Avenue off of West Street and on Chesapeake Avenue in Eastport.

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