Good News Church Hill Neighbors!
The East End Post Office along 25th St. is on track to reopen soon! We got an email/letter from Congressman McEachin just moments ago with a status update.
You can find that letter below as well as the letter sent to his office on behalf of The Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan.
May 11, 2018
Dear Church Hill and East End Neighbors,
Please see the attached letter for some good news. We know we have waited a long time for this and, like you all, I have been very frustrated. After numerous letters and meetings with both the local post office officials and with national ones, meetings with the building owner and even inquiries through the Congressional Oversight Committee, we now have an opening date.
I will continue to watch to ensure they meet this latest deadline and you can be assured that if they do not, I will diligently and avidly pursue this until a full service post office is returned to the neighborhood.
I am sorry it has taken this long to get answers but I really hope we will have good news to celebrate this month.
Please feel free to contact my office with any questions or concerns.
A. Donald McEachin
Member of Congress
Virginia’s 4th District
From the United States Postal service to The Honorable A. Donald McEachin
UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
April 26, 2018
The Honorable A. Donald McEachin
House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515-4604
Dear Congressman McEachin:
This is in response to your April 5 letter to Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan regarding the status of the East End Station in Richmond.
As you are aware, safety issues necessitated a suspension of operations in April 2017.. Since then, the-U.S. Postal Service has served the location through a mobile retail unit, allowing customers to conduct some retail transactions, including the sale of stamps and Priority Mail Flat Rate package service, on weekdays from 9:30 a.m, to 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. There is a collection box for outgoing mail, and incoming mail for Post Office box customers is available daily at the mobile unit. Carrier delivery service in the area was not affected by the suspension.
The Postal Service leases the East End Station facility, and its owner (lessor) is responsible for building maintenance. Upon completion of lessor-responsible repairs, the Postal Service identified additional security related concerns that needed to be addressed to ensure the safety and security of customers and employees when occupying the facility. The Postal Service is completing repairs to remaining security related concerns for it to restore operations, which is tentatively expected in mid-May. We will announce a definitive reopening date later in the process.
We regret that the timeline for repairs has exceeded our initial estimate of mid-November 2017. That timeline was based on estimates provided by the owner, but due to repair delays pertaining to lessor responsibility, the Postal Service could not reliably provide a target date for reopening of the facility after the initial schedule lapse.
Until the East End Station reopens, the mobile unit remains in place. If customers require a service not provided by the mobile unit, there are multiple postal facilities nearby, including the Capitol Station at 700 East Main Street and the Main Post Office at 1801 Brook Road. Additionally, customers can place their mail on hold, file a change-of-address order, or request the redelivery of an item for which a notice was left by calling 1-800-ASK-USPS or visiting www.usps.com.
If I can be of assistance in other postal matters, please let me know.
Government Relations Representative