Hearing on planned Richmond CA post office closure set for Wednesday


Richmond Standard: A public hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 31 on the U.S. Postal Service’s controversial proposal to close the historic Main Post Office branch at 1025 Nevin Ave in Richmond, California.

USPS is considering relocating services to the Richmond McVittie Detached Delivery Unit at 2100 Chanslor Ave.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Richmond City Council Chambers at 440 Civic Center Plaza.

A public notice about the meeting is currently posted at the Nevin Avenue branch (images below). We are grateful to the reader who snapped cellphone photos of the notice, alerting us to the hearing.

These plans are a cost-cutting measure, according to USPS, which says the increasing use of electronic communication has caused a decline in mail volume and thus a decline in revenue.

Plans to discontinue service at 1025 Nevin Ave. is facing opposition from residents and local elected officials, including Richmond City Council and Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11). DeSaulnier has pushed for legislation to name the Nevin Ave. branch after Harold McCraw Sr., a former Richmond Postmaster and community leader. The congressman also took legislative action to demand adequate advanced notice of USPS decisions to close or relocate facilities.  Read more.