Santa Fe post office facing decisions
Posted at: 11/28/2012 10:02 PM
| Updated at: 11/28/2012 10:14 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
The main post office in downtown Santa Fe might have to close its doors or move. It is all about saving money.
Wednesday night, United States Postal Service executives presented their options to the Santa Fe City Council. The Council has no power in deciding what happens to the downtown post office. The Postal Service executives said with such a major decision, they wanted to get community input before moving forward. The City Council said they have heard concerns from other residents and they invited the Postal Service to come to the meeting.
"The feedback from the City Council, the feedback from the community will go a long ways towards what decision we ought to make," USPS Marketing Manager for the AZ District Office Brian McCoy said.
Here are the options:
- Move the main station to another building, preferably downtown.
- Downsize current operations.
- Move the retail portion of the post office to another station.
"We're going to have to see what the Post Office is making versus what they're paying out. If they're making a profit there, I don't see what the reason is to move," Marcos Gonzales said. He is the President of the National Association of Letter Carriers in Santa Fe.
He is not the only one who wants to see the numbers. So do City Councilors. This is the vague answer they got.
"The rent is, how shall I say this, substantial," USPS Real Estate Specialist Russell Rainey said.
He did say negotiations on a new lease have begun, and they would all like to see cheaper rent so they could stay as is.
"The hope of every City Council member I believe is the General Services Administration and Postal Service sit down in a room and make this happen," McCoy said.
McCoy said this is still just the beginning part of the process. They are giving the council thirty days to give them input. The Postal Service doesn't expect to make a decision anytime soon.