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).
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:
Bests, Councilmember Jim Graham