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Raleigh mayor: Don't close downtown post office

Posted May 17, 2011

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— Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker asked the U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday to reconsider its decision to close Century Post Office, a 134-year-old facility at the corner of Fayetteville and Martin streets.

It's scheduled to close July 15.

Standing on the post office's steps, Meeker said he understands the USPS' need to economize, but said closing the building would be a mistake.

“In the 21st century, a post office that caters mostly to pedestrian traffic is a positive addition to any vibrant center city,” he said. “Offering a substitute facility a short distance from Century Post Office can in no way serve the purpose of this National Register Property.”

The USPS is planning to move its operations from downtown, where it has been since 1877, to the New Bern Avenue facility, "which is not convenient for the thousands of pedestrians who work in downtown Raleigh," according to Meeker.

“Raleigh appreciates that beautifully designed and built buildings have served us well and represent an investment in our people and their future,” Meeker said. “We want these architectural treasures to continue to be part of our daily lives. Raleigh appreciates that a building such as Century Post Office, that has served us daily through world wars, recessions and celebrations is essential to the fabric of who are.”

Century Post Office opened a dozen years after the end of the Civil War and "brought a tide of optimism that had been scarce in the streets of the Capital City," according to the City of Raleigh.

Meeker asked North Carolina’s two U.S. senators and Raleigh’s members of the U.S. House of Representatives for help.

Sen. Richard Burr sent a representative to Meeker's news conference Tuesday, as did U.S. Rep. David Price. U.S. Rep. Brad Miller has shared his official support of the city’s position with Meeker, according to the city.

Sen. Kay Hagan sent a representative and issued the following statement:

“I am concerned about the post office closures in North Carolina – including the latest news of the Fayetteville Street closures, which was decided without any public comment. The U.S. Post Office needs to eliminate inefficiencies, but it is not acceptable to close a post office without any local input."


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  • prettylady27610 May 18, 2011

    They should close this Post Office , In the last year I have been to buy stamps & Mail Packages, The employees were rude, they were in the back talking to each other, I waved at the clerk, she looked me in the eye and kept talking, She finally came in a few minutes, The Customer Service is POOR and They don't get a lot of business, They should close it.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama May 18, 2011

    Meeker is concerned that his law office and the other law offices downtown are going to be inconvenienced by the change.

    He's not worried about the citizens of Raleigh. This is personal for him.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama May 18, 2011

    They are closing the unneeded post office at Crabtree Valley Mall as well.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama May 18, 2011

    I will be so glad when Mayor Meeker is out of office and we don't have to listen to him on WRAL anymore.

    Meeker is a tax and spend liberal who wants what he wants no matter how much it costs the taxpayer in wasted spending.

  • workingforthosethatwont May 17, 2011

    I consistently get someone else's mail and I'm sure someone else is getting mine. I have complained to the station manager for my district and she gets all up in the air like it's my fault for having an address they can't seem to find on a regular basis. Recently I dropped off some bills in their outdoor drop box...the checks took 3 weeks to clear. Not sure where the delay was but I won't be using this post office again. I wouldn't mind if they all closed. I'm tired of hearing about the lack of profits and I'm tired of the attitudes of the clerks in the post offices. Go home and good bye!

  • Fuquay Resident May 17, 2011

    I think they should put a post office on every block all over the US. There is no need in inconveniencing anyone by having to walk a block or two to mail their letters.

    Doesn't the "mail man" come to all the businesses downtown? Why can't these businesses just him him the letters they want to mail?

  • enochmosessiskjr May 17, 2011

    My mail is delivered out of 27603, to get correct mail delivery is impossiable, I get mail addressed to someoneelse at another address, my mail is often hand delivered by neighbor, no wonder they are going broke, can't read.

  • tsquaring May 17, 2011

    Funny, all those garbage cans blocking the right of way to the mailboxes doesn't bother Meeker. How about doing us letter carriers a favor and stop putting the trash and recycling on the street Mr. Mayor. It costs the USPS money to get out and service those blocked boxes ... The USPS has to cut costs and is probably the only government agency that isn't growing.

  • odiesnitch May 17, 2011

    I just wish the mayor would fight as hard for city employees.

  • boylan99 May 17, 2011

    The USPS loses money like crazy, they must close branches to reduce costs and stay viable. It will be an inconv. for some but it must be done.