Between March 1972 and 1993, billions of letters and packages passed through the main San Diego Post Office on Midway Drive and billions more after a new main post office was opened in Carmel Mountain Ranch.
The concrete structure sat vacant since 2014 when it was closed and replaced by a smaller post office at 2701 Midway Drive and the entire 16-acre property was put up for sale. Demolition of the massive, yet long-vacant structure is now underway.
Passersby can now see the machines of AMG Demolition who are bringing down the concrete structure as the once-famous land morphs into another use.
Plans for the site, to be known as The Post, include both residential and office space. An entry promenade on the southern edge of the property will include a tree-lined pedestrian plaza creating a buffer between these areas and planned parking space.
Once demolition and site clean-up is completed construction crews will begin their work under the auspices of the current property owner, San Diego-based Hammer Ventures. Project images can be found at hammerventures.com.
The land the post office occupied was once part of Dutch Flats, an airfield where Charles Lindbergh tested his newly constructed Spirit of St. Louis on April 27, 1927. Just 13 days later, Lindbergh took off for St. Louis and New York before his historic flight to Paris, France in a stunning first non-stop transatlantic crossing by an aircraft.
A plaque commemorating the historic event was placed in the post office building by the San Diego chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution in 1998.
Several years before World War II, the airfield's name was changed to Speers Airport but it was inoperative during the war. The land was converted to military housing before government plans were made for this mammoth structure to handle San Diego's mail needs.
Hammer Ventures bought the property for $40 million from Rexford Industrial Realty Inc. of Los Angeles in 2017. Rexford purchased it from the U.S. Postal Service in 2015 for $19.3 million.
Meanwhile, the Dutch Flats area retains its vital presence in San Diego's history.