Albany's downtown post office is expected to remain open after the U.S. Postal Service signed a year-lease. The U.S. Postal Service had proposed shutting down the Albany post office on Broad Avenue as it deals with severe financial challenges. Community leaders and residents had protested the move.
The U.S. Postal Service is planning to close a 100-year-old post office in downtown Albany, a decision locals worry will hurt downtown. Now officials are optimistic mail service could continue in the historic space with a private company taking over.
When Congress reconvenes from its Easter break Monday, it will continue work on a bill that would end Saturday mail delivery. Letter carriers in Macon and Marietta rallied Thursday against that bill, which would also end door-to-door delivery for 35 million homes and businesses.
The University of Georgia will close the post office in the Tate Student Center as the volume of mail has declined in recent years. University officials said the post office will close permanently May 31 because the volume of mail on campus has declined by about 75 percent over the past decade.
Postal workers at a south Georgia distribution center are expected to learn the fate of their jobs next week. The Albany Herald reports that Assistant Dougherty County Manager Mike McCoy participated in a meeting with the U.S. postmaster general recently, and learned that notification of workers in Albany is expected on Feb. 23.