After a decade, and changing hands to a second owner after General Motors Corp., the hulking former transmission plant in Parma on Chevrolet Boulevard will soon be fully occupied. The U.S. Postal Service has leased all the empty space at the half-a-million-square-foot property.
The bulk of the building, almost 400,000 square feet, will become an annex to the main post office on Orange Avenue in downtown Cleveland, providing supplemental space as the rise of e-commerce expands the volume of packages going through the mails.
Naddia Dhalai, a spokeswoman for the postal service, confirmed the lease in an email and said the deal is part of a national effort by the agency to “support surges and overflow of packages.”
The new Parma annex is one of 45 additional packaging locations the postal service has announced it will lease this year. It’s also buying 138 package sorters for those operations in time for the 2021 holiday shipping season. How many pieces of new equipment will be located in Parma was not disclosed. However, the location will have about 100 workers through the year, and that may double during peak season.