New owners of old Northampton Post Office building on the hunt for tenants

 Husband-and-wife team Jenna Conz and Anthony Gleason stand in an empty section of the former Northampton Post Office building at 47 Pleasant St.

Husband-and-wife team Jenna Conz and Anthony Gleason stand in an empty section of the former Northampton Post Office building at 47 Pleasant St. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

The old Northampton Post Office building at 47 Pleasant St. has two-story palladium windows. This picture shows the windows from the second floor.

The old Northampton Post Office building at 47 Pleasant St. has two-story palladium windows. This picture shows the windows from the second floor.

Husband-and-wife team Anthony Gleason and Jenna Conz bought the former Northampton Post Office building at 47 Pleasant St. late last year and are currently seeking tenants to fill the vacant space in the landmark structure.

Husband-and-wife team Anthony Gleason and Jenna Conz bought the former Northampton Post Office building at 47 Pleasant St. late last year and are currently seeking tenants to fill the vacant space in the landmark structure. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

An empty office space on the second floor of  47 Pleasant St., the old Northampton Post Office building.

An empty office space on the second floor of 47 Pleasant St., the old Northampton Post Office building. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

Staff Writer

Published: 02-26-2024 7:31 AM

Modified: 02-26-2024 2:01 PM


NORTHAMPTON — The new owners of the former Northampton Post Office on Pleasant Street, the more than century-old building they bought at auction late last year, hope to entice tenants to fill the remaining space in the iconic structure by offering significantly discounted rates.

“I just think that the property is in great shape and that there’s a ton of upside potential,” said Anthony Gleason, who bought the property at 47 Pleasant St. with his wife, Jenna Conz. “In terms of cost, we feel like we paid the right amount of money for this to yield the best possible results.”

The husband-wife team, who also own several other properties in the area such as 1 Pearl St. (the home of Deals & Steals) and GiGi’s Self Storage in Easthampton, acquired the old post office property for $1.78 million near the end of 2023 via an auction foreclosure.

The building sports a neoclassical exterior made of brick and stone with two-story palladium windows and has a total of 21,160 square feet of usable office space. Crucially, the space also has 24 parking spaces, a valuable selling point for a downtown Northampton location.

Currently, about 50% of the space inside is occupied by three tenants — Boston Children’s Hospital, engineering consulting firm Woodard & Curran and Greenbrook TMS NeuroHealth Center.

Conz said they are working to fill the remaining spaces as soon as possible, and have been showing the property just a week after it listed.

“All of the spaces have a mix of open space and individual office spaces,” Conz said. “We’re just trying to get off the ground right now.”

Currently there are three spaces for rent — one on the third floor, measuring at 3,145 square feet; one on the first floor, measuring around 1,400 square feet; and one in the building’s basement at 2,700 square feet.

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Gleason said they were seeking competitive rates for the spaces to fill them quickly, particularly for the basement space. Currently, market rents for space in downtown Northampton averages at about $25 per square foot. 

The space was originally built in 1903 and served as the location for the city’s post office until 1979. Other former tenants for the building have included Family Fun Magazine and software company MachineMetrics.

Alexander MacDougall can be reached at amacdougall@gazettenet.com.