It appears that the U.S. Post Office branch at 1915 14th Street NW has gotten a new lease on life. The building that houses the branch will be demolished to make way for a new residential-retail development at the corner of 14th and Wallach NW. Under intense financial pressure, the U.S. Postal Service had apparently used that opportunity to consider shutting down the branch for good. But it now seems that the branch will be relocated somehwere in the U Street area. (The Post Office officially refers to it as the T Street location.)
Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) posted a message on neighborhood listservs last night after a community meeting that included DC Postmaster Gerald Roane. The T Street branch will remain open until February by which time there should be a temporary location in the U Street area. In addition, the Kalorama/Adams Morgan branch at 2300 18th Street NW will remain open.
Graham’s full listserv message is below.
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At a Ward 1 community meeting convened by USPS and myself, DC Postmaster Gerald Roane acknowledged some 2500 messages he had received to preserve both 14th/Wallach and Kalorama/Adams Morgan post offices.
Postmaster Roane then announced that Kalorama would be removed from the list of post offices “under study” and that it would not be considered for closing. Further good news, USPS is committed to finding a new U Street area location for the 14th St P.O. to replace the current location which is set for redevelopment. Until the end of the lease in February 2012, the Post Office will remain open. Hopefully by then we will have at least a temporary location in the U Street neighborhood.
For weeks now, I have been working with Postmaster Roane and his staff to find a new location. We have been in discussions with the DC gov over a possible Reeves Center relocation, and also other private properties nearby.
These post offices are just too important to lose. The long lines at what exists today, the new development up and down 14th Street, indeed the positive revenue stream from both locations–all argue for keeping both locations now and in the future.
Thanks to all for the work that it took to get these positive results! Thank you Congresswoman Norton, our neighborhood associations, our ANCs and the overwhelming public support!
With every good wish for the Holidays, Councilmember Jim Graham