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The Clinton Hill and Boerum Hill mail houses are going postally and at least one is moving because of real estate greed, the head of a local panel said

Going postal! Loved and loathed post offices to move early next year

The Brooklyn Paper

Two Brooklyn post offices will soon need to fill out change-of-address forms.

The Clinton Hill post office near the Pratt Institute and the notoriously dirty and disorganized Boerum Hill post office near the Barclays Center will finish out their leases in the first half of 2014. The private owners of both buildings are telling the mail houses to scram and make way for new tenants, a local community board leader said. Some neighbors who have relied on the post offices for decades are down in the dumps about the impending closures.

“The post office is a major part of [older people’s] lives and their regular routines,” said Robert Perris, district manager of Community Board 2. “They would really miss it.”

The feds plan to relocate the post offices within their respective neighborhoods and will likely look to rent from private landlords instead of buying buildings, as is increasingly common for mail agency, according to Perris.

The two post offices have occupied the buildings at 542 Atlantic Ave. and 524 Myrtle Ave. for more than 30 years, but the landlord for at least one of the buildings is looking to redevelop the space, even though the postal service pays market rate for commercial space in the neighborhood, Perris said.

The Clinton Hill post office in particular is beloved by the neighborhood, and some locals are dreading the day it disappears.

“Will we have to go to Cadman Plaza?” asked David Robinson, a former postman and a neighbor of the Clinton Hill parcel plex. “You can’t park around there.”

“It’s going to be a much longer walk for me,” said Fedelia Edwin, who works at a nearby supermarket and fetches its mail multiple times a week.

But some Boerum Hill locals are happy to see the Atlantic Avenue office go, Perris said.

“It is the postal station that I see the most complaints about and some people have considered that a new building will be the solution to its service problems,” he said.

Perris is not so sure, though.

“I’m always somewhat wary of architectural determinism,” he said.

Postal service reps will take comments about the moves at a Community Board 2 meeting on Dec. 5. The leases for the Clinton Hill and Boerum Hill sites will expire in May and February, respectively.

Postal service hearing at the North Pavilion of the Brooklyn Hospital Center [121 DeKalb Avenue, third floor auditorium, between Saint Felix Street and Fort Greene Place in Fort Greene]. Thurs, Dec. 5, 6 pm.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at jlutz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.

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Dan M from Boerum Hill says:
I suggest relocating the Atlantic Ave Post Office to the underworld so it can serve as the 11th circle of hell, as that is what it feels like some times.
Nov. 29, 2013, 6:57 am
jay from nyc says:
I loath the Atlantic Ave post office, and it is actually one of the worst rated in the country. They are horrible. I went int once to renew my passport, they had a banner on the front of the place advertising passport services, they refused to do and said that office does not do it. I talked to the manager on duty and he told me that location does not do passport services. When I asked him about the banner out front he shruged his shoulders and walked away. Another time I had to pick up a package that was delivered there and they refused to give it to me because my fist name had one less letter in it on my id than the way it it was (mis)spelled on the package, despite the address on the package and id matching perfectly. They are the worst of the worst. The one on 9th street is pretty terrible too. You will always wait 45 minutes to pick something up or to mail a package.
Nov. 29, 2013, 7:11 pm
Monday from Brooklyn says:
What do people expect. All public services suck in Brooklyn nabes. Brooklyn has grown exponentially. Every "old" neighborhood is overpopulated. The U.S. government has cut down and cut back. Do people even think anymore?
Dec. 2, 2013, 12:14 pm
K. from ArKady says:
Perhaps another tax cut for the wealthy will improve our public services?
Dec. 2, 2013, 2:09 pm
ty from pps says:
Monday -- You think the public services suck because the population has grown?! Have you interacted with the folks that work for the Brooklyn USPS? That is the problem, not the population growth. Nasty attitudes mixed with a level of carelessness/disengagement that is worse than the 19 year olds working at the Atlantic Ctr Target.

The fact that the D.C. administrators haven't brought a beat down on the Brooklyn post office managers is outrageous.
Dec. 2, 2013, 2:14 pm
EL from Clinton Hill says:
While many seem to enjoy dumping on the Post Office, now that We will be without access to daily service it can't be for the good.
How will this effect mail delivery ?
Also, those of us in Clinton Hill know that when David Washington is working the counter, We get the best service anywhere !
Just walk in the door, and you know when he's on duty, because there is little or no line, and his courtesy and professionalism are a breath of fresh air.
Dec. 14, 2013, 10:35 am

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