Over 500 jobs at risk in Shrewsbury plant closure

Posted by on Feb 23rd, 2012 and filed under Local News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

post office 300x2421 Over 500 jobs at risk in Shrewsbury plant closure Shrewsbury MassachusettsSHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – The continuing saga of the USPS sorting facility has taken another turn today, as spokesmen announced that the Shrewsbury site will be among those set to close in a cost cutting measure.  Initially, there had been multiple facilities on that list, and it had been said all along that in the end they would whittle it down to a few, and sadly ours made the list.   This comes as a blow to over 500 employees currently working at the facility, who hopefully will find other open positions which they can apply for within the USPS. No date has been set for the ultimate closure.

Clearly, nobody wants to see the closure of a large facility in their hometown, and the jobs that ultimately go with it.   We saw that last year with the closure of the newly renovated Charles River facility on South Street.  That said, the question of what will ultimately become of the land and buildings has come up over and over again, as has the speculation of what that will eventually mean for the town of Shrewsbury.  As a governmental facility, the current postal center pays no property taxes. Rumored potential future owners of the facility such as Federal Express and UPS would, as private companies, pick up the full property tax burden for the property, which is sure to be assessed in the millions, and thus would generate added substantial revenue for the town – something critical as all communities face their own budget issues.

Last year, the town held a special town meeting which rezoned the property for commercial use.  Knowing that the potential closure might happen, and not wanting to see 100+ single family homes, they took this unusual action, so any future purchaser would likely have to comply with that commercial intent.  Could this mean more jobs, as well as more revenue, for the community?  Only time will tell.

Did you like this article? Share it with your friends by clicking one of the icons below...
Keamy Eye Center. Click here for more info

Salon Sogno. Click here for more info


Here are a few great Shrewsbury Real Estate listings
Courtesy of Steve Levine, RE/MAX Professionals
Shrewsbury's Top Agent since 1992
(508) 845-HOME <4663>
steve@shrewsbury.net

Comments are closed

Advertisement
“Post



“b.good


Heald & Chiampa


Eagle Sealcoating

Steve Levine - Shrewsbury's Top Agent

Stellar Images

Siagel

Find the value of your home in today's market

Shrewsbury Health and Raquet Club

Fiore's - Auto service and sales

Shrewsbury Green Dumpters!

Photo Gallery

Shrewsbury's #1 Real Estate Professional. Click here for more info
Log in
/ Shrewsbury Lantern copyright by Steve Levine
. by . . by . Shrewsbury Home Listings by Steve Levine Worcester County Home Listings Steve Levine Shrewsbury Lantern copyright by Steve Levine