After telling customers their best bet was to head to Capitol Hill for mail services, the United States Postal Service is now talking relocation when it comes to a post office near 23rd and Union.
USPS officials have scheduled a May 2nd public meeting to talk about a new Central District location. USPS real estate specialist Greg Shelton will be in attendance to discuss options.
The session appears to represent big change from the beginning of the year as the post office made way for coming redevelopment at Midtown Center. “We will return once the re-development has concluded,” a spokesperson told CHS at the time. “In the meantime, we are suggesting that our customers go to the Broadway Post Office for their mailing needs.”
It isn’t clear if that timeline has changed but District 3 representative Kshama Sawant, with the 2019 race for her City Council seat heating up, is calling on supporters to join her at the May 2nd meeting.
“I believe it’s unacceptable that such a huge swath of our city has effectively become a Post office desert,” Sawant said in a statement on the closure. “The 23rd and Union Post Office served a vital public purpose to tens of thousands of people who live in central Seattle.”
Sawant has also launched a petition collecting names, and contact information including street address and email in support of a new CD location.
The 23rd and Union post office was one of a handful of businesses and services that have moved or shuttered to make way for the Midtown: Public Square project that will create hundreds of new apartments and thousands of square feet of commercial retail space anchored by a new drugstore.
While it is possible that space could be made for USPS in the new development, government post offices aren’t the only options for mail services with an increasing number of private providers joining the field. In the Central District, The Postman opened last year with mailing services and mailbox rental business at MLK and Union.
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