By Sabina Mollot
On Wednesday, the union representing regional postal employees learned that the United States Postal Service had decided to proceed with a plan to relocate the Peter Stuyvesant Post Office on East 14th Street.
The news came by way of a letter to its president, Jonathan Miller, union rep Charles Zlotkin told Town & Village.
As previously announced at a raucous public meeting held on April 22, the new location is going to be 333 East 14th Street, a space that was last home to a Duane Reade between First and Second Avenues.
However, according to USPS spokesperson Congetta Chirichello, the decision is not final and the public will have a 30-day period to appeal. Ultimately, she told T&V, the decision is subject to review by the agency’s vice president of facilities.
At the April meeting, over 100 people, mostly older residents of Stuyvesant Town and the East Village, protested the relocation of the current Peter Stuyvesant station, where the lease will expire in February, 2014. The USPS has said it needs to relocate in an effort to find a smaller, cheaper space.
Postal employees have also protested the move, noting that the closure of the space is part of an agency-wide trend of downsizing.
Chirichello said that any requests for an appeal of the decision to move must be in writing and identify the post office by name or location and state the reason for the objection to the move. The requests should be mailed to: Vice President, Facilities, c/o Facilities Implementation, 2 Congress Street, Room 8, Milford, Ma 01757.
Chirichello added, “USPS Facilities Services continue to be hands-on during relocation processes to ensure potential sites are available and can accommodate operational and customer needs should a final decision require relocation measures be taken.”
The plan has already been blasted by USPS watchdog blog Save the Post Office, whose author, Steve Hutkins, noted, “The Postal Service will have a hard time explaining how the community’s input can be meaningful if it has already made arrangements to move to 333 East 14th Street.”
At the April meeting, attendees were encouraged to fill out surveys to the USPS to give their feedback on the then-likely plan to relocate. When asked, Chirichello didn’t respond to say what it was the public had requested in their surveys.