Postal Service leaves historic William Penn Annex Post Office building in Philadelphia

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The 78-year-old William Penn Annex Post Office at Ninth and Market Streets in Philadelphia — known for its stunning Art Deco interior — shut down permanently at noon Saturday and will move all postal services to the Cast Iron Building at 718 Arch St. as part of a cost-saving program. There will be no change to post office box numbers or zip codes.

“It’s a huge building, and we’re not fully utilizing all the space that we’re renting,” said Postal Service spokesman Ray Daiutolo. The Postal Service had been leasing the space in the six-story Robert Nix Federal Building — what had been the city’s last remaining publicly accessible grand postal hall — from the U.S. General Services Administration.  Read more.

(The plan to relocate was approved in August 2016.  See “Requiem for a Moderne Gem” for more about the architecture of the William Penn Annex post office.  And “A Post Office Moves, And Our Civic Realm Loses Another Piece of Its Soul” is well worth reading.)

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Historic Post Office in Richmond, Calif, to be sold despite opposition

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East Bay Times: The downtown post office in Richmond, Calif., will close, the U.S. Postal Service has decided, despite the fervent objections of the mayor, the local county supervisor and U.S. congressman, much of the business community, civic organizations, and many neighborhood residents.

The news came in a letter, stamped Aug. 10 and addressed to Mayor Tom Butt, posted on the glass front entrance door of the historic post office building, at 1025 Nevin Ave. near Harbour Way. Postal retail services will be relocated to the McVittie Annex, at 2100 Chanslor Ave., a measure that will bring not only “operational savings” but also provide additional parking for customers, the letter said.

A letter posted on the front entrance of the downtown Richmond post office informs postal customers of the facility’s planned closure. (Tom Lochner)

The decision follows a May 31 community meeting with postal officials at City Hall, and a June 15 town hall meeting at the Nevin Community Center at which community members warned, apparently to no avail, that closing the downtown post office would deliver a blow to the city’s neediest people as well as to a surrounding business district on the brink of a boom.

A public comment period ended June 30.

“Considering all of the factors concerning the relocation, including those presented by the community during the comment period, the Postal Service has been determined that it is in its best interest to proceed with the relocation,” the letter, signed by Tom Samra, an official at the
postal service’s Washington, D.C. headquarters, reads in part.  Read more.

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No renewal for post office lease in Howard Beach, NY

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Queens Chronicle: Following weeks of negotiations, the property owner of the Cross Bay Boulevard Post Office in Howard Beach, Queens, NY, has decided not to renew the lease with the U.S. Postal Service and now area leaders are scrambling to find a new location by December.

“We can report that the current landlord confirmed their intention to lease to another party,” USPS spokesman Xavier Hernandez told the Chronicle Monday. “We have begun an aggressive process to find temporary alternate quarters for retail operations to include sales, package pickups and post office box services.”

Howard Beach has been abuzz with rumors for weeks that the 160-50 Cross Bay Blvd. site would be closing — a claim Hernandez and elected officials denied at the time, saying they were confident an agreement on the lease would be reached before it expired in December.  Read more.

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Postal Service seeking new location for suspended post office in Martinsburg, Iowa

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The News-Review: The U.S. Postal Service has announced they will relocate their local services to a “yet-to-be-determined” location after raising concerns over the previous location in Martinsburg, Iowa.

According to USPS, their goal “is to select a new customer service location as close to the current site as possible” and further stating the new site will provide a convenient location with the same service as before. Current customers are using a box unit system near City Hall in the city park and have been for several years, according to Martinsburg Mayor Danny Showman. Despite hearing comments at a public meeting held on July 26, 2016 against a new postal location, USPS made the final decision.

“We told [USPS] that we were satisfied with the current boxes outside City Hall,” Showman said. “A lot of people also have rural delivery, so this feels like a waste of taxpayer money.”

According to Stacy St. John, Strategic Communication Specialist for USPS, the former post office was designated “structurally deficient” upon inspection two years. A follow-up statement from St. John was not made available in time for publication.  Read more.

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USPS to hold public meeting for relocation of suspended post office in Chapman Ranch, Texas

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The Postal Service is considering the potential relocation of retail services for the Chapman Ranch Post Office, located at 1004 County Road, Chapman Ranch, TX 78347, to a new, yet-to-be-determined location as close as reasonably possible to the existing Post Office location in order to better serve postal customers in the community.  Retail services for the currently suspended Chapman Ranch Post Office are now being provided by the Corpus Christi Portairs Station Post Office, 4213 S. Port Ave., Corpus Christi, TX 78415.

The U.S. Postal Service will be hosting a public meeting at 4:30 p.m., on Thursday, August 10, at the Corpus Christi Portairs Station Post Office (address listed above).  Officials with the Postal Service’s Facility Department will be there to share information and answer questions.  Read more.

The Chapman Ranch post office was closed by emergency suspension back in October 2014, due to extensive water damage to the building, resulting in potentially hazardous structural damage.

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Historic post office in Moline, IL, closed until this fall

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qconline.com: Postal officials say the Moline, Illinois, post office at 514 17th St. will not reopen until later this fall.

The post office was closed July 20 due an unknown odor discovered by employees. A subsequent investigation was conducted by “internal safety coordinators,” according to Stacy St. John, U.S. Postal Service Strategic Communication Specialist in Des Moines.

“Work is on-going to address a variety of issues at the facility with the goal to reopen sometime this fall,” she said.

“In addition to the plumbing issues discovered, other repairs are being addressed,” Ms. St. John said. She added no additional information is available on specific work or renovations.

The public is directed to continue retrieving their mail from the East Moline and Milan Post Offices until the Moline building is deemed safe later this year. Those who have their mail delivered to their homes will continue to receive services.  Read more.

The Moline post office was built in 1932.  Back in 2010, the Postal Service announced the building was up for sale, but a sale never went through.  The post office contains a Depression-era mural “Manufacture of Plowshares” that was created by Chicago artist Edward Millman.

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