Maryland agrees to buy Annapolis post office

Maryland officials agreed Wednesday to buy the historic Annapolis post office building from the U.S. Postal Service for use as part of the government complex surrounding the State House.

Without dissent, the three-member Board of Public Works agreed to pay $3.2 million for the 13,000-square-foot building on Church Circle. Built in 1901, the structure is listed on the Maryland Historical Trust inventory of historic properties.

Under the deal, the state will lease space back to the Postal Service to continue services for eight to 20 months until it relocates. The building, which abuts the James Senate Office Building, will be expanded and renovated over the next two years, said Michael Gaines, assistant secretary for real estate at the Department of General Services.

Gaines said the building will be used for offices for government agencies that now lease space and possibly for some private tenants as well. He said the O'Malley administration decided that acquisition was the best way to preserve the structure.

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