Last July there was a list of some 3,700 post offices that would close or consolidate. The Broadway branch was not on the list and has not been added, according to officials. But they do have a lease to work out.
Mark Rozgay, manager of the trust that owns the land at Broadway and Denny where the post office is located, tells us he is in the process of negotiating a new 10-year lease with USPS but that nothing is final. Meanwhile, postal officials say there is no plan to shutter the Broadway office or consolidate it at another location. “We don’t have any concrete plans to close or consolidate the Broadway facility,” said USPS spokesperson for Washington state Ernie Swanson.
“For many years we’ve been trying to find another location,” Swanson said. “It’s small, old, there’s no customer parking, no employee parking, and we have to rent space offsite to park the trucks. We just haven’t been able to find a replacement. It’s tough to find space in the Broadway area. That’s not to say something might not change, but there are no plans to close or consolidate.”
If this all sounds familiar, the plans for upgrading the Broadway post office building have been in the air for years — here’s our report on the situation from May 2009.