Tuesday, October 2, 2012
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Downtown Albany's post office at 345 W. Broad Ave.
ALBANY, Ga. — For 100 years, the U.S. Post Office at 345 West Broad Ave. has been moving letters and packages in and out of Albany. That will end on Dec. 2 when the United States Postal Service closes the facility.
“Those decisions are based on volume of retail sales per square foot of retail space,” said Stephen Seewoester of Corporate Communications for the Postal Service’s Florida District. “That facility is down over the past several years, like many others are.”
In fact, according to Seewoester, the national Postal Service is down more than 40 billion mail pieces over the past five years. To survive, the Post Office relies on the sale of its products and services.
USPS is a semi-federal agency in the sense that it comes under Congressional control and oversight. However, it receives no tax money to fund its operations. Seewoester said the primary reasons for the decline of the U.S. Postal Service has been the rise in popularity of email and other electronic communication.
Seewoester said none of the employees at the West Broad Post Office will be terminated, but will be transferred to other Albany facilities.
Frances Krack, a local representative for Lone Star Equities in New York, which owns the Griggs Building where the post office is located, said her company has no firm prospects to occupy the property once it is closed by USPS.