You know what’s great? The United States Postal Service. You give them something and they deliver it to anyone in the country. Or, better yet, they deliver something to you. Letters, postcards, that subscription to Rolling Stone you don’t remember ever signing up for, whatever. This has been happening, in one form or another, since the dawn of our country. How about that! It’s practically magic!

But, just like the rest of us, even quasi-magical independent federal agencies have to promise not to trash their apartment, lest they lose their security deposit and get kicked out by their landlord. Late Tuesday night, Chicago-based investor and developer Matt Garrison, a.k.a. the owner of Milwaukee’s downtown Post Office building, 341 W. St. Paul Ave., announced he was “seeking to remove” the USPS from the premises. He did so via Twitter, which seemed about right.

Here are Garrison’s tweets. Is his Twitter handle @condoshark? Of course it is.

BizTimes has a bunch of background on the tenant/landlord dispute. Garrison, managing principal of R2 Companies, purchased the four-story Post Office building in 2015 for a cool $13.1 million. Soon after, he announced big plans once USPS’ lease expired:

Renovations to the existing structure would create 300,000 square feet of space to be filled by restaurants, bars and entertainment venues as well as 212,000 square feet of space for a big box retailer. A 13,000-square-foot extension of the river walk and a 14,000-square-foot pedestrian bridge connecting the building to the Harley-Davidson Museum across the Menomonee river would also be added, according to the plans.

BizTimes also notes that the post office’s lease is (was?) in place until 2020, with an eventual option to extend it for up to 30 years.

“When reached Tuesday evening, Garrison said right now, he is focused on the current task of evicting the Post Office,” concludes BizTimes. When reached Wednesday morning, the Post Office said the heat still wasn’t on in October, and that Garrison better watch out because its dad is totally a lawyer.

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Matt Wild weighs between 140 and 145 pounds. He lives on Milwaukee's east side.