In a letter to Mayor Jenny Durkan, the United States Postal service says it is working on agreement with the property owner of The Central building at 2207 E Union to take over the space being left vacant by the exit of electric bike dealership Electric Lady.
“If this location is not adequate or an agreement cannot be reached with its owner, the Postal Service will consider other sites within the preferred area as shown at the May 2, 2019, meeting,” the letter reads.
CHS reported on the May meeting with District 3 rep Kshama Sawant to discuss the need for a post office in the neighborhood and possible new locations after the 23rd and Union post office was displaced in preparation for development of the coming Midtown: Public Square mixed-use project on the property.
Lake Union Partners is the developer of the new Midtown project and also the landlord at The Central where the post office is now targeting for a new facility.
In the letter, the USPS says that services for area customers will continue to be provided at the Broadway post office location until a new location is opened near 23rd and Union. Postal officials have said it will take at least nine months to get a new location up and running.
UPDATE: Sawant has announced her office is holding a “community gathering” Wednesday night to celebrate the USPS decision. “Congratulations to the 662 community members who signed our Council Office petition – retirees, working people from all our communities, including African American, Asian, and LGBTQ people, postal workers, union members, young people, and small business owners – you all said, bring back our Central District Post Office!,” Sawant said in the announcement of the event. “Thanks to the Postal Service, and the dozens of you who wrote them letters, and the 80-plus people who attended the May 2 meeting my office organized at Garfield Community Center with US Postal Service officials.” According to Sawant’s office, Electric Lady owner Alex Kostelnik and community member Joanna Cullen who helped push for a new post office location near 23rd and Union will be in attendance.
Sawant & Community Claim Victory, Bring Post Office Back to Central District
Sawant congratulates hundreds who spoke up, invites community to celebration
SEATTLE – On Tuesday Councilmember Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle) announced that following hundreds of Central District community members attending a community rally and signing petitions, U.S. Postal Service officials have decided to establish a new Central District Post Office at 23rd and Union.
The new Post Office, which is expected to open later this year, will be across the street from the former Post Office, in the space that is currently occupied by the Electric Lady Bike Shop. U.S. Postal Service officials informed Councilmember Sawant of this news on Monday.
The Central District’s old Post Office closed last December, and at the time the Postal Service had no announced plans to replace it. The USPS has now announced the new plans following a May community rally co-hosted with Councilmember Sawant, and over 660 people signing a petitionlaunched by Sawant’s office.
“Congratulations to the 662 community members who signed our Council Office petition – retirees, working people from all our communities, including African American, Asian, and LGBTQ people, postal workers, union members, young people, and small business owners – you all said, bring back our Central District Post Office! Thanks to the Postal Service, and the dozens of you who wrote them letters, and the 80-plus people who attended the May 2 meeting my office organized at Garfield Community Center with US Postal Service officials,” Sawant said.
Councilmember Sawant is holding a community gathering on Wednesday to celebrate the news:
- WHAT – Community celebration and press conference
- WHO – Councilmember Sawant, postal union members, and nearby residents who will tell their stories
- Including but not limited to:
- Alex Kostelnik, owner of the Electric Lady Bike Shop, where the new Post Office will be located
- Joanna Cullen, a neighbor and community activist, who helped initiate the campaign to bring back the Post Office
- Local residents who will speak from direct experience about what the return of the Post Office will mean to them
- WHERE – Outside the Electric Lady Bike Shop – 2207 E. Union St., 98122
- WHEN – Wednesday, June 12, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
“United, we spoke out – and now we’re getting our Central District Post Office back!” Sawant added. “The loss of our Post Office was another alarming sign of the gentrification of our historically people of color working-class community. The community that needs the Post Office is the same one that is struggling for affordable housing and fighting economic eviction. Our victory here, in winning back a new Post Office, is an important step in the right direction in the fight against gentrification. Let’s continue building a movement for rent control and social housing.”
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