Downtown businesses in Bowling Green, Kentucky, react to moving of US Post Office

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WBKO: Businesses in downtown Bowling Green, Kentucky, reacted to the possibility that the downtown branch of the US Postal Service may be moving out of the area.

The Postal Service says they plan on moving that branch as close to the current location as possible. It currently serves a number of people every day.

“Our business uses it every day,” says Tim Lee of Select Inc., “I have never been there where there isn’t a line of people waiting for service at the desk every day of the week, pretty much every hour of the day.”

Tim Leigh isn’t the only person who shares that belief.

“It’s rare that you walk in and there’s not a number of folks waiting for service or checking their post office boxes,” says Travis Armstrong of English Lucas Priest & Owsley, LLP, right next door.

The post office offers a number of services that some business owners say go beyond just sending and receiving mail.

“There’s a huge number of people who use it on a daily basis for normal transactions, money orders, to send money to friends or family, to pay bills, not just business,” says Tim Lee.  Read more.

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Brooklyn’s Times Plaza Post Office in Boerum Hill is closing Jan. 13, relocating across the street

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BoCoCa NY Patch: The Times Plaza Post Office located at 542 Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn, NY, will close on Jan. 13, the USPS has confirmed. However, services will be split between two new neighborhood locations to open on Jan. 17.

The change was caused by “a request received from the building owner stating that they wish to reclaim the space leased by the USPS,” a postal announcement circulated Thursday by Community Board 2 read.

According to the announcement, “Mail delivery to the community will not be affected and will continue as usual.”

Going forward, the USPS will divide its neighborhood retail services from its delivery and carrier services.

Starting Jan. 17, retail services will operate out of 539 Atlantic Ave., while delivery and carrier services will operate out of 594 Dean St.  Read more.

[The Postal Service had been leasing 542 Atlantic Ave.; the lease ended on Dec. 28, 2016.  The new location at 539 Atlantic Ave., which is just across the street from the old post office, is part of a development project called Atlantic Gardens.]

(Photo credits: Times Plaza PO; Atlantic Gardens)

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Homeless use of Santa Rosa CA post office lobbies prompts nighttime closure

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Press Democrat: The lobby of Santa Rosa’s post office will no longer be open 24 hours a day for mail retrieval because of safety and security concerns, because the homeless have taken to sleeping there overnight.

People bedding down have created unsanitary conditions and trash, and packages have been stolen from postal boxes, according to postal officials.

Complaints from customers too frightened to get their mail, reports of aggressive panhandling in the lobby and homeless people refusing to vacate the premises prompted the change in hours at the main Santa Rosa office on Second Street, Coddingtown station, Montgomery Village and Roseland.

“While we sympathize with homeless people, we can’t have them use our lobbies as a hotel,” said U.S. Postal Service spokesman Augustine Ruiz, of the San Jose office.

Beginning Jan. 14, the new hours will be from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays; and closed entirely on Sundays and holidays.

For night owls, people who work odd hours, or those seeking to avoid a crowd, the 24-hour access to postal boxes is convenient, as is a self-service kiosk for buying stamps and taking care of shipping needs.

But the buildings also have become a de facto shelter of sorts for the homeless, especially as the weather began to turn cold and wet in November. Read more.

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Post Office wanted to ditch New Canaan CT until we ‘shamed’ them

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New Canaan Advertiser: If not for Congressman Jim Himes getting involved to “hammer and shame” the United States Postal Service, First Selectman Rob Mallozzi III is convinced there would not now be a sparkling new Post Office in New Canaan.

Speaking at the New Canaan Men’s Club on Friday, Jan. 6, Mallozzi was citing positive developments in the town, and turned his attention to the new Post Office facility at 18-26 Locust Ave. He applauded the efforts of building owner Richard Carratu and builder Rick Sillo, both locals.

“Not only did we get a branch in New Canaan, but we got a beautiful building that a local developer built, using a local building company,” he said. “We have a venue now that ties in the brick work of our Fire Department and Town Hall. It was touch and go for awhile. We got it all done. We deserved a nice Post Office.”

The first selectman then explained that, in his opinion, and in no uncertain terms, the USPS had no intention of staying in town after leaving its longtime location at 2 Pine Street two-plus years ago.

“I will tell you, we were not going to get a Post Office,” he said. “There was no way. We were really slated to have nothing. The talk was ‘just drive down Camp Avenue, it’s not that far [to a Stamford Post Office].’  Read more.

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