U.S. Postal Service officials will sort through a diverse list of 30 bidders to select the future owner of the former Postal Service Marina Processing and Distribution Center property at 13031 Jefferson Blvd. in the Del Rey area, said Larry Dozier, Postal Service spokesman.
The 20-acre Marina Processing Center property near Home Depot was put on the market in mid-September.
The property is zoned by the City of Los Angeles for light industrial uses and allows for retail and office uses.
CB Richard Ellis, a Los Angeles-based real estate services firm, accepted bids on the property for the Postal Service until the deadline Tuesday, November 1st.
The Postal Service has received 30 bids for the property that “run the gamut” from various developers to investors, Dozier said.
“We’ve received all kinds of proposals and we’ll try to go through them to see which one makes the most sense,” Dozier said.
Postal officials will carefully review each of the bids as “quickly as we can,” but they have not established a time frame for when a decision will be made, he said.
“We will look at what they are offering and how the proposals are structured,” he said.
The sale of the Postal Service Marina Center property has received interest from a diverse group of potential buyers, including developers, local environmentalists and the Del Rey Park Task Force, a community group seeking to create youth recreational fields at the site.
The City of Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners had also considered acquiring the property for wetland restoration.
But of the 30 bids received for the property, none is from a government agency or community group, Dozier said.
Local elected officials, including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Councilman Bill Rosendahl had requested a six-month delay of the sale to allow for the public to come up with the necessary funding to purchase the property, but postal officials denied the request.
Mark Redick, a Del Rey Park Task Force member, said he was not surprised that no bids were submitted from any of the government agencies or community groups that had expressed interest because they were “running against the clock.”
“We couldn’t get the money in time for the November 1st deadline,” Redick said.
If the sixth-month delay on the sale had been approved by postal officials it would have allowed Task Force members to continue lobbying for support and seeking funding options, Redick said.
Del Rey Park Task Force members plan to work with the new property owner and will continue their effort to acquire youth sports fields for the community, Redick said.
“We have to look at what’s in the best interest of the community,” Redick said