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14th Street Post Office Will Move to Reeves Municipal Center

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos on Picplz and at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

With the ongoing development and flood of new residents still coming to the the 14th and U area, it was probably inevitable that the soon-to-close post office at 14th and T Street NW would find a new area home.

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The 14th Street Post Office will eventually reopen one block north at the Reeves Municipal Center. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Love it or hate it, the post office at 14th Street will still be in the neighborhood. It is just moving a block up to the Reeves Municipal Center at the northwest corner of 14th and U Streets. This option has been bandied about for months and was confirmed Thursday by Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) in a message on local listservs.

Graham said the lease is a done deal and that the post office will occupy “a large space on the ground floor with direct street access.”

Hopefully the new site will also bring a nicer look and shorter lines — and some self-serve stamp machines. The current location at 1915 14th Street NW will remain open through the end of April. No word on the completion date for the Reeves Center location.

Following was the message Graham posted Thursday:

“We have known that USPS decided to attempt to keep the post office in the area. But its new location was subject to site and lease negotiations. The lease with the DC government and USPS is fully executed. The Post Office will occupy a large space on the ground floor with direct street access. The build out is currently being planned.

“And we should be able to announce an opening timeline very soon. It should also be added that the Kalorama post Office in Adams Morgan was also taken from the closure list as a result of this successful process.We worked effectively with Mayor Gray and his team, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Gerald Roane, the DC postmaster and his staff, to save this vital service for DC residents. Thanks for all their great work!

“This is very reassuring for all the people who live and work in the 14th and U Street corridor, numbers that are about to increase dramatically with new development in the next 8-14 months.”

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5 Responses to “14th Street Post Office Will Move to Reeves Municipal Center”

  1. Emanuela says:

    Even though I never used it very much (there is one on the way to my work, downtown), I believe that, as long as USPS provides service, it should be in our neighborhood. As others said, this new office will look nicer (it shouldn’t be difficult!)

  2. Mike S. says:

    Yeah, Lance. I just hate those officious border patrols making you show your papers and letters of transit whenever you pass from Ward 2 to Ward 1. jk!

  3. Hal9000 says:

    I hope they have negotiated a short-term lease because the US Postal Service will be out of business in 5 years or less. Let’s face it, USPS simply isn’t a viable business model for the 21st century and is running massive deficits. With electronic communication becoming the norm for individuals and businesses, the only real services that the Post Office still provides is the delivery of packages and direct mail advertising (aka junk mail). Those functions can be done more efficiently and cheaply by the private companies that already compete with the Postal Service. This move is only delaying the inevitable.

  4. John F. says:

    Yay! a block closer to my house.

  5. Lance says:

    It’s nice it’s staying generally within the area. However, it would be even nicer if we didn’t have to leave the ward every time we needed a post office. Kudos to the CM for bringing yet another public service to HIS ward.

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