58°Mostly Cloudy

No Relocation for 14th & T Post Office?

by Borderstan.com November 9, 2011 at 8:46 am 6 Comments

Yums, 14th Street NW, Borderstan, Luis Gomez Photos

The Post Office at 1915 14th Street NW is in a one-story building that will be replaced by a new condo-retail development.

The story is back that the U.S. Post Office at 14th and T Streets NW will be closing at the end of 2011 — with no plans to relocate it. DC Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) posted a message on the listserv of the U Street Neighborhood Association yesterday with news to that effect.

It was a given that the location on 14th Street NW between T Street and Wallach Place would have to close — the southeast corner of 14th and Wallach is currently a one-story building, which is going to be replaced by a new building with condos and first-floor retail. The only real question was whether that branch of the Post Office would be relocated.

Plans for that building met with initial opposition from some neighbors and adjustments were made, particularly on the Wallach Place side, which is a block of rowhouses.

Graham said the news came from employees of the Post Office branch at 1915 14th Street NW. In the following message Graham also provides contact information for the DC Postmaster and his assistant (below).

From Graham: 

Dear Friends:

I am advised by the employees at the “T Street Post Office” (14th and Wallach Place NW) that operations will close on December 31st of this year. They have also been told that there is no plan to open a new post office location.

If this is in fact the case, it is a serious blow to Ward 1 postal services. As we all know, “T Street” is typically jammed with people, as is the much smaller operation at Kalorama and 18th St. The Temple Heights office at 1921 Florida Avenue is also very busy..

Losing “T Street” or any of those facilities will have an adverse impact to be sure.

Development is planned for that site and the USPS lease is expiring. But the new construction could have included a post office and, obviously, another site could still be found.

I have today contacted DC Postmaster Roane requesting confirmation that the “T Street” postal facility will be relocated, and can thus be counted on to serve our residents.  I support Congresswoman Norton’s  position that neighborhood post offices should not be reduced.

Please email the DC Postmaster and his assistant at  these addresses:

[email protected]
Postmaster of the District of Columbia
And his assistant
[email protected]

Bests, Councilmember Jim Graham

Comments (6)

  1. so sad. i’ll so miss the crappy service, long lines, and the rundown, eyesore that is this post office.

  2. No biggie. I ship everything from work now and buy my stamps online. Who even goes to the post office anymore?

  3. So is anyone else baffled / entertained by the bizarre irony in Councilmember Graham’s note to the neighborhood that the only contact information he provides to protest the closing of this post office is to send your complaints to the U.S. Postal Service by EMAIL?

    Wouldn’t you think the best way to protest the closing of something important like this would be to send them USPS a letter? Or in other words, use the service the USPS provides for the neighborhood?

  4. AND BUY A STAMP! THEY NEED THE $$$! THEN USE A NICELY HANDWRITTEN ADDRESSED ENVELOPE WITH AN WELL-WRITTEN INTELLIGENT REQUEST INSIDE TO THE POSTMASTER PLEADING FOR BETTER SERVICE AS WELL A POSSIBLE LOCATION LIKE THE REEVES BUILDING SINCE THE MAYOR SHOULDN’T HAVE 2 OFFICES ANYWAY! WITH FREE 30-MINUTE PARKING LIKE UPPER WISC. AVE POST OFFICE!

    IF YOU’RE FEELING GENEROUS SEND A SELF-ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE TO RECEIVE YOUR REPLY IN!

    ~MIKE

  5. Martha Graham isn’t exactly the sharpest tool in the shed. Would somebody with a brain please run against him and put him out of our collective misery?

  6. Americans Are Stupid

    I am truly amazed at how Americans love to bitch about the Post Office. I have lived overseas several times and our postal system is quite good. No, I do not work for the Post Office, BTW.

    In many countries, no one uses the postal system. Stuff is stolen or simply never delivered. You have to hand-deliver, pay your bills in person or use a courier service.

    Even Canada’s system is no prize compared to ours. Go ahead, people, and scream “privatize.” You will see.

    Anyone ever use the FedEx location on 14th Street? It is understaffed. Why? Because they have no competition in Logan Circle. The service is bad because they are understaffed. Because they can.

Leave a Comment

* Required fields

×

Subscribe to our mailing list