Friday Flashback #73

Will 2018 be the year when the next phase of Saugatuck redevelopment moves from consultants’ plans to reality?

Probably not.

But as Westporters continue to debate the future of Railroad Place, here’s a view from back in the day. (Which day exactly, I have no idea.)

The “Wheeler Block” — as this postcard called it — included the original Saugatuck post office. It’s the small building on the far right.

(Postcard courtesy of James Gray)

Later — as Saugatuck grew — the post office moved across Riverside Avenue. That building now includes an excellent restaurant, Bistro du Soleil.

For the longest time, residents squawked about the inconvenience of the Saugatuck PO. There was no parking, and the lobby was cramped.

Then it closed. And Westport’s main post office moved from its palatial Post Road digs to a hovel in Playhouse Square.

I wouldn’t mind having the original Saugatuck post office back. It’s a lot nicer than our current one.

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