USPS to move post office out of historic Federal Building in Scranton, PA

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The Times-Tribune: The United States Postal Service will hold a public meeting next month about its plan to move the post office from the William J. Nealon Federal Building in downtown Scranton to an as-yet-undetermined, smaller location nearby, a postal official said Friday.

The post office at the Federal Building, 235 N. Washington Ave. at Linden Street, has about 10,000 square feet of space, which is too large for current needs, said David Wolff, a USPS retail estate specialist leading the search for a new spot.

The USPS will look for a new location that has about 1,500 square feet of space, and which is within an approximate 1-mile radius of 235 N. Washington Ave., Wolff said.

“This is strictly for the downtown area,” Wolff said. “If we find a (suitable) place right across the street, we’d move there.”

The original portion of the Federal Building containing the post office was built in 1930. The building was turned over to the U.S. General Services Administration in 1981, when the USPS moved its Scranton headquarters to a new location in South Side.  Read more.

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Return of Post Office in Laurie, MO, Hinges On Postal Workers Union

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lakeexpo.com: If the City Of Laurie’s post office returns, it won’t be in 2017.

At the Tuesday, Oct. 10 Laurie Board of Aldermen meeting, Laurie City Clerk Ron Clarke presented an update on the progress of the re-opening of the Laurie Post Office. 

The United States Postal Service closed the Laurie Contract Postal Unit (CPU) in January 2017, after an agreement for an expired CPU contract failed to be negotiated by Bryant’s Osage Outdoors. Post Office Manager James Bryant said the income from the post office did not cover the expenses.

A moratorium on opening any new CPUs, issued by the United Postal Workers Union, ended in July 2017. A second moratorium was then placed into effect until September 2017. A third moratorium on the opening of any new CPUs sunsets on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017.

Clarke reported that Laurie Mayor Allen Kimberling has written letters to U.S. Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill and U.S. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler and each of their offices contacted the USPS on behalf of the city. A conference call was also held with Mayor Kimberling and a representative from both Hartzler’s office and the USPS to discuss the city’s post office dilemma.

Clarke also reported that Gravois Mills Postmaster Pam Payne has asked permission to move the Laurie post office boxes from the Gravois Mills Post Office to the Laurie Terrace Mall. The move would only give the citizens of Laurie the ability to pick up their mail from post office boxes at the Laurie Mall. This would not include a full-retail post office at this time. If the USPS approves the move, build-outs would be necessary for security.

At this time, then final word is the USPS is saying that no new CPUs will be authorized until 2018.  Read more.

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Mahwah, NJ, post office staying downtown – for now

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northjersey.com: A controversial proposal to move the main post office in Mahwah, NJ, to an annex outside the center of town has been scrapped, according to postal officials.

Kurtis Bullard, a U.S. Postal Service real estate specialist, said the agency abandoned a plan to relocate to the annex post office on Industrial Avenue for “financial reasons.” Upgrading the annex to provide delivery and counter service would have cost around $600,000, he said.

In June, postal service officials had proposed moving operations from the residential hub on E. Ramapo Avenue because of health concerns due to mold and other structural issues.

But residents and local officials had protested the idea, saying that the current building is centrally located, serves the majority of township residents and houses a large number of post office boxes for local businesses. By comparison, they argued, the annex – located a mile from the center of town – is relatively unknown to residents.  Read more.

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Letters could save historic Lihue post office

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Thegardenisland.com: The potential relocation of the Rice Street post office in Lihue, Hawaii, to the carrier annex by the airport is still up in the air.

And, representatives from the U.S. Postal Service met for two hours with about 25 people at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall Wednesday to clarify misinformation shared at the last public meeting in April.

“The man leading it said this wasn’t a financial or operational decision on the part of USPS,” said Greg Shelton, of USPS.

He continued: “The goal is to make everybody understand it’s not just about parking, or a tree. It is a financial and operational decision.”

USPS is operating at a $2 billion deficit as of last quarter, Shelton said, and the entity is looking at ways to consolidate and make operations more efficient.

Shelton and his team are on Kauai to convey that fact to the public and to encourage everyone with a stake in the issue to send in comments during the new, 30-day time period.  Read more.

(There’s more on the Lihue post office here.)

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Local postal union, residents fight against sale of Harlem’s College Station Post Office

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New York Amsterdam NewsThey tried and failed in Chelsea, but the United States Postal Service wants to sell off a post office building in Harlem and residents aren’t happy.

As the sale of the College Station Post Office on West 140th Street isn’t final, USPS Realty Asset Manager Gregory Lackey can’t say who he sold it to and how much they paid for it. If residents and the New York Metro Area Postal Union have their way, we’ll never know the name because the sale won’t go through.

“They tried to do the same thing at Old Chelsea and the community fought it,” said New York Metro Area Postal Union representative Chuck Zlatkin. “The Postal Service then tried to sell the air rights above the post office and keep the post office.” In this case, the post office is looking to relocate to a new leased facility on the landmarked Striver’s Row on 138th Street. Residents at a community hearing at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Central Harlem last night voiced opposition to the relocation, stating that Striver’s Row lacks the proper parking to accommodate a post office.

Zlatkin said that Lackey and company have tried to sell off the West 140th Street property for the past decade.

“It seems that since 2009, the post office has been wanting to sell that building and it’s a historic site,” Zlatkin explained. “The post office was built in 1937 and served the central Harlem community. In 2014, the Postal Service had public meetings to explain why they wanted to sell the building and there was a lot of negative reaction in the community. It got pretty quiet after that.”  Read more.

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Morristown NJ moves to save iconic post office with $1.5 million purchase bid

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Daily Record: The town of Morristown, New Jersey has submitted a $1.5 million bid to buy the century-old U.S. Post Office, a decaying, 19,000-square-foot facility by The Green that is listed on state and national historic registers.

“We want to preserve it and possibly use it for town functions or partner with some non-profits and bring it back to its glory. We have to be creative,” Mayor Timothy Dougherty said.

Dougherty said the town has not heard back from the U.S. Postal Service on its bid, and he acknowledged that a significant amount of money would have to be invested in repairing crumbling plaster and antiquated bathrooms and fixtures. He said the exterior and foundation is solid and the town possibly could apply for grants to help restore the interior.  Read more.

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