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Downtown Raleigh post office given reprieve from closing

Posted June 8, 2011

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— A historic post office in downtown Raleigh will stay open for at least two more months, Mayor Charles Meeker said Tuesday.

The U.S. Postal Service had slated the Century Postal Station, a 134-year-old facility in the restored Federal Building at Fayetteville and Martin streets, to close on July 15. Instead, it will stay open until Sept. 15 while new arrangements are tried out.

Two issues with the post office had been troubles with bulk mail pickup and parking, Meeker said.

The federal bankruptcy court has agreed to stop blocking the back parking lot of the post office for security reasons, he said. The court will open the parking for bulk mail pickup 7-9 a.m. every day.

The city will increase the 15-minute parking spots in front of the post office from four to 12, the mayor said. The City Council will likely approve that change in a few weeks.

Based on the changes, the U.S. Postal Service will re-evaluate its decision to close the post office in late August, Meeker said.

Postal officials had cited declines in mail volume as the reason for the closure. The postal service planned to move the Century office's operations to its facility on New Bern Avenue.


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  • dwntwnboy Jun 8, 2011

    "Yes please run so you Mr. Meeker can join the other politicians who have run NC into the ground..."- wow, in the terms that Mayor Meeker has been in, downtown has revitalized to the point there are thriving businesses, nightlife the likes of which haven't been seen downtown in decades and Raleigh as a whole has risen to be one of THE places to do business and live in the whole country. Hate him if you want, just shows you are't paying very close attention.

  • mmtlash Jun 8, 2011

    it's a beautiful building...I'm sure if the post office closes the building will be put to good use in one form or another

  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Jun 8, 2011

    "the issue is that most state agencies pick up their mail at that post office"

    Not true at all. State agencies have the Mail Service center for their mail. If you worked for the state you would know that...

  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Jun 8, 2011

    Please run for Mayor again Mr. Meeker. Or at least get into state government somehow. Your service is greatly needed.

    (insert sarcasm)Yes please run so you Mr. Meeker can join the other politicians who have run NC into the ground...

  • corey3rd Jun 8, 2011

    The USPS is in "shambles" because nobody likes to write thank you notes and send pictures of their kids to grandma anymore. We're a culture with an attitude of "You can see 'em on Facebook." If people sent 6 more letters a month, the Post Office would be operating in the black.

  • hfweather Jun 8, 2011

    basic starting pay 16/hr,and thats a janitor,get rid of these clowns.

  • hfweather Jun 8, 2011

    downtown is terrible,you guys love it so much go to moore square after dark and see if u survive the night.

  • denali42 Jun 8, 2011

    czaadonis - what state agencies get their mail through that post office? I've worked for two agencies and all of our mail went through the mail service center and was delivered to the building.

  • hfweather Jun 8, 2011

    only job where as a 8th grade education you can make more than any of you working downtown.And u wonder y the USPS is in shambles?Take a lesson from social security and soon the irs,the old days are gone,direct deposit from now on,go get a job and c what happens if u don't get direct deposit?

  • Surrey Hills Jun 8, 2011

    close it! they have already said that no one will lose their jobs, they will be transferred to the main post office on New Bern Ave. makes no fiscal sense to keep it open!