December 2, 2013
The historic Courthouse post office on Main Street in Danville, Virginia, had its hours cut to four a day back in August. The Danville P.O. wasn't part of POStPlan, but apparently reducing hours at post offices isn't limited to the 13,000 facilities on the POStPlan list. Now the Danville post office is closing completely for an emergency suspension. The reason? Some paint, suspected of containing lead, was found in back rooms during a safety inspection. The post office is located in a building owned by the Postal Service, which also houses the US District Court and the US Marshal’s Office. No word yet if the whole building shut down or just the post office, and there's no indication the building is headed for sale. Read more.
October 31, 2013
The post office in Hobson, Texas, was closed for an emergency suspension because they couldn't find someone to operate it. The office is on the POStPlan list, and it was one of the first to have its hours reduced. Back on November 17, 2012, the hours were reduced to two a day. On Oct. 18, 2013, less than a year later, the office was closed because the Postal Service "was unable to hire a qualified person to operate the facility, leaving no alternative but to declare an emergency suspension of the office." Read more.
October 11, 2013
In June, the Postal Service temporarily closed the post office in Plant City, Florida, for an emergency suspension due to deterioration in the basement, discovered on a routine inspection. Now the Postal Service is doing a discontinuance review to close the post office permanently. The post office was built in 1935, and it has problems like a leaky roof and mold in the basement. The Postal Service doesn't want to spend $1.4 million to repair it, so it's going to sell the historic property instead. Read more.
October 11, 2013
The Postal Service has closed the post office in Alton, Kansas, for an emergency suspension because of what it describes as "deteriorating building conditions." Alton's Mayor Eldon Hartzler thinks they just want to close the post office, period. The Alton post office was on the list of 3,700 facilities slated for closure in 2011, then it was put on the POStPlan list and had its hours reduced.
In order to give customers access to the lobby during the hours the office was closed, the Postal Service spent a considerable sum renovating the lobby. So residents were naturally surprised to see the office closed on short notice over building conditions, which had to be known long before. The post office has been renting space in this location since 1945. Read more.