Post Office could relocate downtown

22 routes will begin operating out of the Main Street location within 90 days.

The post office in downtown Gainesville, shown here on Monday, is looking to relocate its operations.

Erica Brough/Staff photographer
Published: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 4:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 4:46 p.m.

The U.S. Postal Service is seeking possible locations to relocate the downtown retail counter and post office boxes, and it will be moving carriers out of downtown to save on rent in the federal building.

The downtown post office occupies 20,000 square feet in the federal building at 401 SE First Ave., where it pays about $250,000 a year in rent, Gainesville Postmaster Bill Logeson said.

The post office will reduce that space by 70 percent when carriers for 22 routes begin operating out of the post office at 1401 N. Main St. within the next 90 days, Logeson said. That move will be transparent to customers, he said.

The Postal Service also took proposals to relocate its other downtown operations to elsewhere downtown.

Spokesman Joseph Breckenridge said the post office would not reveal the number of proposals or their merits.

"We have no plans at present to move the retail and PO Box operation. We are merely considering the possibility," he said.

Either way, the post office would maintain a retail presence downtown, he said.

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