It’s probably not a big surprise that with the announced closure of the US Post Office at 23rd and Union, rumors of the Broadway facility’s demise have been reborn.
Here’s how the probably tired of being asked Postal Service spokesperson put it when we asked:
It’s not that the facility is closing because it is not.
There you go. But something, indeed is changing.
Mail carriers headquartered at the Broadway post office are being transitioned to a new “consolidated” carrier facility at 4th and Lander, USPS tells us. There, they’ll join carriers from the International District and 23rd and Union offices in a mailman and mailwoman jamboree. And, yes, that means they’ll be taking their trucks with them. The change also has other manifestations. Services such as USPS accepting delivery from UPS and distributing to your home or work from the Broadway office will follow the carriers to SoDo.
The front line of a federal service on the shakiest of financial footing, the Broadway post office has a lease for its Capitol Hill home through at least 2015. Its building’s new landlords told CHS last year that they intended to work with USPS to keep the facility for as long as the feds were willing to pay for it.
CHS reported last week on the shuttering of a business in the building to the north due to what the shop owner said is a demand for a 40% increase in her rent.