Historic post office in Wrightsville, Georgia, closes for emergency suspension


According to WMGT, the Postal Service has closed the historic post office in Wrightsville, Georgia, for an emergency suspension.  The news item does not say what caused the suspension or how long it might last.  A mobile unit near the post office will serve as a retail outlet, and delivery operations will be relocated to the Sandersville Post Office.

Emergency suspensions typically occur when there’s a problem with renewing the lease or conditions in the building have become unsafe.  There can’t be a lease problem in this case, however, since the Postal Service owns the Wrightsville post office, and if there’s a safety issue, it’s up to the Postal Service, not a landlord, to make the repairs.

The Wrightsville post office, located at 8648 S. Marcus Street, was built in 1938 under the New Deal.  The fact that it would suddenly close for an emergency suspension may be a sign that the Postal Service plans to close it permanently and sell the historic building.

Update, June 6, 2017: 12WMAZ.com reports that the Postal Service had identified problems with the building that led to the suspension.  Apparently even the former postmaster, who worked at that location for 42 years before retiring, was caught by surprise by the sudden closure.  The  current Wrightsville postmaster couldn’t elaborate on the problems or if employees still held their jobs

(Photo: Living New Deal)