Cadiz, Ohio, Post Office closes due to structural damage

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WTOV: The news came almost unexpectedly — P.O. box holders were the first to learn it, and now others are learning: the village of Cadiz, OH, is soon to be without a post office.

“We received a letter indicating that the post office has some structural deficiencies and under postal regulations the building needs to be closed,” Village Administrator Charley Bowman said.

The structural damage was found in June. It forced customers to wait outside for stamps and other services. No one was allowed inside as support structures were erected outside the building. Customers found the letter posted to the building Friday, saying the Cadiz Post Office would close at the end of business on Saturday.

“Of course we’re very concerned about making sure that we have a post office here long term,” Bowman said. “And I’ve been talking with the mayor. I’ll be talking with council members. We’ll be chatting with them about contacting our U.S. Senators and legislators to encourage them to keep the post office in Cadiz.”

Postal customers were frustrated. None agreed to go on camera, but said they were disgusted and exhausted; that it was a disgrace the Harrison County seat is without a post office.  Read more.

According to the USPS Facilities Report, the Postal Service has owned the Cadiz post office building since 1958.

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USPS Service Alerts Due to Tropical Storm Harvey

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About.USPS.com: Harvey aftermath

A week after Hurricane Harvey came ashore in Texas, residents along the Gulf Coast are dealing with the destruction caused by historic flooding. Many residents have been displaced. Relief efforts continue.

The Postal Service is now in active storm recovery, but we’re open for business — offering delivery and retail services — where it’s safe to do so in affected areas. Check “Service disruption alerts” or “Is my Post Office open” under “Residential customers” below for the latest information.

For information about alerts and disruptions, go to: https://about.usps.com/news/service-alerts/welcome.htm

Is my post office open? https://about.usps.com/news/service-alerts/resident-open.htm

Will I receive mail delivery? https://about.usps.com/news/service-alerts/resident-mail.htm

Business mailers: https://about.usps.com/news/service-alerts/business-weather-updates.htm

(Photo credit: Post office in Nome, Texas, by Joseph Rushmore, for HuffPost)

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Suspended post office in Pulaski, Va., will reopen within 90 days

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WBDJ7: Work is underway to reopen a shuttered United States Post Office in the town of Pulaski, Virginia, according to a statement from Senator Mark Warner’s office.

According to a spokesperson for Warner, the United States Postal Service intends to reoccupy the original post office within 90 days once necessary repairs to the building’s flooring are made.

The Pulaski Post Office closed abruptly in July after an OSHA investigation discovered mold, broken asbestos floor tiles, and lead paint.

The decision to reopen the Pulaski facility follows discussions between the postal service and Warner, who reached out to the Federal agency on behalf of Pulaski town leaders.  Read more.

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Orlando’s Colonialtown post office sells, to close in 2020

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Orlando Sentinel: Two Orlando doctors purchased a downtown Orlando post office building with plans to redevelop it after the postal lease expires in 2020.

Nestled in the Mills/50 District, the one-story, concrete-block building at 611 N. Mills Ave. was built more than six decades ago and has long served at the post office for neighborhoods and businesses on the east end of downtown.

Tony Nguyen, of TRG Group – KW Commercial, represented the husband and wife team of Patrick Dang and Thinh Nguyen in their purchase of the property for $1.3 million.

The Orlando-area buyers, he said, plan to renovate the existing building rather than tear it down and they envision a restaurant or other retail use.

The federal government leases the location for less than $10 a square foot, which is about half the going rate for retail space in that area, Tony Nguyen said.

Early Tuesday morning, a spokesperson for the postal system said details would be forthcoming about plans to continue a postal operation in that vicinity.  Read more.

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Mayor of Richmond, Calif., says closure & sale of historic post office is not a done deal

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East Bay Times: As postal officials affirm their intention to close the downtown post office, Richmond’s mayor and Congressman say the battle to save it is far from over.

“I think it’s important that people understand that we’re working hard on this,” Mayor Tom Butt said in a telephone interview last week. “We are talking (to postal officials). There are some substantive proposals being discussed. I would say this is more the beginning than the end.”

Butt said he is working toward two goals — preserving the building, and, perhaps more difficult, keeping the post office in operation there.

The U.S. Postal Service announced its decision to close the 1938 Art Deco-style building, at 1025 Nevin Ave. near Harbour Way, in a letter stamped Aug. 10 and posted on the glass front entrance door. Postal retail services will relocate to the McVittie Annex, at 2100 Chanslor Ave., the letter said.

The move, which postal officials say is guided by attainable “operational savings,” followed a public comment period that closed June 30, a June 15 town hall meeting at Nevin Community Center, and a community meeting with postal officials in the City Council chamber on May 31. It came over the strong objections of community members and elected officials who argued the closing would deal a devastating blow to the post office’s customers, especially seniors and disabled people, and to a downtown business community on the cusp of a boom.  Read more.

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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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