Property owner claims Postal Service ‘derelict’ in clean-up issue

July 13, 2017

An article in Monday’s Daily News regarding a bill for property maintenance at 401 N. Fourth Street triggered a response from a representative of First Nationwide Postal Holdings, which owns the property. In it, the representative claimed the U.S. Postal Service is still responsible for the site’s maintenance.

“Although the Postal Service has vacated the building, their lease is still in effect thru (sic) April 2019 and they remain responsible for maintaining the property, including addressing the landscaping complaints referenced in this article,” wrote Isaac Richter, a senior property manager with Nationwide Postal Management, in an email to the Daily News.

Richter said not only has the postal service not paid any rent since March 2015, it — and not the owner of the property — also has been derelict in its responsibilities to the Norfolk community by not keeping up the appearance of the location.

 A representative of the U.S. Postal Service said the matter is currently the subject of pending litigation, and it would not be appropriate to comment on the substance of a pending case.

“The postal service disputes the contentions made by the landlord and trusts that this matter will be resolved favorably,” said John G. Friess, a communications manager with the U.S. Postal Service.

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