USPS to reconsider closing downtown Raleigh post office
Posted May 28, 2011 6:28 p.m. EDT
Updated May 29, 2011 9:14 a.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — Postal officials will reconsider their decision to close a downtown Raleigh post office in response to pleas from city officials to save the historic facility, a mayor's office spokesman said Saturday.
Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker asked the U.S. Postal Service earlier this month to spare Century Post Office, a 134-year-old facility housed in the restored Federal Building at the corner of Fayetteville and Martin streets.
It was scheduled to close July 15.
“In the 21st century, a post office that caters mostly to pedestrian traffic is a positive addition to any vibrant center city,” Meeker said May 17.
Postal officials said Friday they would give their decision a second look despite concerns that declines in mail volume will necessitate closing offices, the mayor's spokesman said.
The postal service planned to move the Century office's operations to its facility on New Bern Avenue.