It's official. Battleford's landmark post office building is up for sale, representatives of Canada Post confirm. The news comes as no surprise to residents of Battleford as Canada Post first announced its intention to sell the century-old building in a story published by the Battlefords News-Optimist in February of this year.
The 1911 building has sat empty since fall of last year when Canada Post moved to a temporary location on 35th Street West out of safety concerns for employees and customers due to bats inside the historic building.
In an emailed response to questions posed by the News-Optimist, spokesperson Jon Hamilton says, "Canada Post hopes to find a buyer that is able to fully utilize the building before exploring a new, permanent location in the downtown core."
In the email Hamilton says Canada Post will "continue to offer postal services to the people of Battleford at [the] temporary location on 35th Street West." And he also says the community will be informed of further progress.
Built in 1911 and opened in 1914, the post office operated for 101 years before closing in fall of 2015. It is listed with ICR Commercial Real Estate Saskatchewan for a price of $425,000.