RICHMOND — Fears that the landmark city’s downtown post office will become a dead-letter building have prompted a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. at the Nevin Community Center, 598 Nevin Ave.
The meeting follows a May 31 public hearing held by the financially beleagured United States Postal Service, which says it no longer needs all the space at the building and wants to consolidate operations more remotely at its facility at 1025 Nevin Ave.
“The Richmond Main Post Office is essential to ensuring the economic health and historic legacy of downtown, both as an institution and for the vital services that it provides to the public,” says Richmond Main Street in a call for the community speak out against the USPS plan.
RMSI, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the revitalization of the city’s downtown, also has a petition opposing the relocation.
Congressman Mark DeSaulnier said in a statement that he was ” troubled and surprised” by the relocation plan.
“USPS plans to relocate the retail operations from Nevin Avenue in the center of downtown Richmond to the McVittie Annex Station, approximately one mile away on Chanslor Avenue,” he wrote. “After that phase, USPS intends to sell the historic Richmond Post Office Building. I wholeheartedly oppose this plan.
“This post office is at the heart of the community and remains a vital resource for Richmond residents. The importance of the Richmond Post Office to the commerce of the city in the retail-rich downtown area, and the historic value of the post office building cannot be overemphasized.”
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