Downtown Albany's post office at 345 W. Broad Ave.
ALBANY, Ga. — The U.S. Postal Service has now agreed to continue operating the century-old West Broad Avenue post office facility at least six months past its planned closure date.
According to Frances Krack, leasing agent for the Griggs Building, where the post office is contained at 345 W. Broad Ave., she received an offer Wednesday to extend the lease through April 2, or six months past the set closure date of December 2. Krack is accepting the extension offer on behalf of her company, Lone Star Equities, she said.
Krack has recently been active in efforts to bring the U.S. Postal Service together with any of several private companies willing to continue operations in the Griggs Building and to possibly eliminate the need to change postal box addresses.
She believes the lease extension is to allow time enough to formulate a deal. Krack said she will be meeting further with local post office officials this week and expects to know more about the particulars of a potential deal.
“A deal with a private operation is not without precedent,” Krack said. “This kind of thing is done all the time. I think we’re going to be just fine.”
Krack said she was confident that people who rent post office boxes at the West Broad facility have no reason to transfer to another post office, stressing the importance of the revenue to prospective private operators.
Albany City Commissioner Roger Marietta said he will continue with the planned community gathering at the steps of the West Broad post office at 2 p.m. Friday.
“There’s no reason to stop now,” he said. “This is just peaceful gathering of citizens who want to keep their post office.”
Marietta is urging residents to contact their representatives at www.congress.org and encourage them to find a viable fix for the USPS. The commissioner said that while the postal service is definitely suffering from competition from email and other delivery services, the largest financial problem is the congressional mandate that its retirement health care plan be funded in advance.
“No other company has had to do that,” Marietta said, “and its costing billions to the post office.”