Postal customers who were surprised to find the Broadway post office closed over the weekend will also probably be surprised to find the service reopened Monday after a move to its new Capitol Hill home.
They should read CHS.
The US Post Office has moved its facility two blocks north on Broadway into the giant retail space left empty by the exit of OfficeMax. The office supply chain’s signs still hang above the address — 212 Broadway E for those of you into this kind of thing. The new facility remains in the veritable juicy middle of Capitol Hill just up the street from the about to open Capitol Hill Station.
Inside, you will find most of the space has been devoted to processing and banks of post office boxes. The retail counter is smushed into a back corridor. The red and blue paint is still bright. Government posters have yet to be posted. The racks and shelves of packaging material, etc. were yet to be stocked.
But the facility — one of the few remaining visible reminders that a federal government exists and loves you — is open for business. Hours will remain the same — 9 AM to 5:30 PM Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturdays. Your only challenge might be finding where they stuck your PO Box.
The new 4,200 square-foot post office will eventually be joined by a small retailer to fill in the full OfficeMax space. The small space next to the post office remains for lease, CHS is told.
Meanwhile, the permit to demolish the old post office is in motion but not yet approved by the city. Eventually, this six-story apartment building will rise at the site at the corner of Broadway and Denny. In the meantime, however, the Hill is saying goodbye in the only way it knows how: