Hartford Courant: To cut costs in the face of declining use and shrinking revenue, the U.S. Postal Service has proposed closing the Main Street post office in East Hartford, Conn., and moving services to a much smaller location.
“Despite significant cost reductions,” USPS real estate specialist David Rouse wrote recently to Mayor Marcia Leclerc, “the Postal Service continues to experience a net loss as mail volume continues to decline because of increased electronic communication.”
The 16,541-square-foot post office at 850 Main St. was built in 1939. Automation, declining mail volume and other factors have shrunk required space to 1,344 square feet, less than 1/10 of the existing square footage, according to the Postal Service.
At the current facility, customers can deposit and mail items and pick up mail, purchase stamps and other items, and maintain post office boxes. No letter carriers are based in the building, Postal Service spokeswoman Maureen Marion said. Read more.
The East Hartford post office is a block away from the Downtown Main Street Historic District, listed in 1996 on the National Register of Historic Places. Several other Connecticut post offices of Depression-era vintage have been listed individually on the Register, including the Hartford Post Office and Federal Building (1931-33), as well as other New Deal post offices (as listed on Wikipedia).
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