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U.S. Postal Service shares plans for East Palo Alto branch relocation

Public meeting discloses map for new location, timeline

The U.S. Postal Service expects to relocate its East Palo Alto branch in the next six months, but where to move the post office remains unknown, agency officials disclosed at a Monday meeting.

The evening gathering to discuss relocation of the Postal Service's Bay Road branch was a small affair, with three Postal Service officials and two community residents in attendance at the East Palo Alto Library. Regardless, they discussed a bevy of issues regarding the post office's relocation and its consequences for the community.

East Palo Alto resident Lourdes Best, who attended the meeting with fellow resident Shamari Alexander, said she came to make sure her opinion was registered.

"I wanted my voice to be heard," Best said. "That's why I came out, to support and find out more information."

Dean Cameron of the agency's Pacific Facilities Service Office was present at the meeting to provide information on current plans for the relocation. Cameron presented the geographic limits for the new location -- the search area is bordered north by Kavanaugh Drive/Notre Dame Avenue, south by East Bayshore Road, east by Pulgas Avenue and west by Willow Road.

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The Postal Service has one location in mind, but Cameron did not disclose said location. Ramon Martinez Jr., a former Palo Alto postmaster who now works in the Postal Service's operations division, expressed enthusiasm when Best suggested a location within or near the Ravenswood Shopping Center, stating the area offered a "prime location" for the post office.

The Postal Service is looking for a property that is 500 square feet, but if its preliminary search proves fruitless, the agency will shift to looking for a 1,000-square-foot building. The main objectives are to find a location that stays within the geographic limits as indicated by Cameron, that has an East Palo Alto zip code and that retains the same services as the Bay Road location.

The need for relocation comes after the landlord's decision to not renew the Postal Service's lease. The landlord's decision was one of the last such efforts to redevelop property before East Palo Alto instituted a development moratorium in 2016, which put building projects on hold until the city increases its water supply. According to Martinez, one consequence of the moratorium is that no more post offices can be closed for development purposes like the Bay Road location was.

Another point of conversation addressed the new location's intended hours. Cameron had previously stated that the new post office will retain the same hours, but Best and Lourdes questioned the schedule of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Best emphasized her experience with the difficulty of getting to the post office before 2 p.m., as well as the fact that the Miranda Avenue post office in Palo Alto is in a different county. Martinez stated that the Postal Service has restricted hours and cannot institute hours that go past 5 p.m.

The 40-minute meeting may have been small, but those present were effusive and candid, delving into other issues including the high level of traffic in the city. Towards the end of the meeting, Best asked if she could submit written comment through email. Postal Service spokesman Augustine Ruiz responded jokingly, "we need the postage."

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Community residents now have 30 days to submit written comment to the United States Postal Service, Attn: Dean Cameron, 1300 Evans Ave. Suite 200, San Francisco CA, 94188.

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U.S. Postal Service shares plans for East Palo Alto branch relocation

Public meeting discloses map for new location, timeline

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, Jun 19, 2018, 12:21 pm

The U.S. Postal Service expects to relocate its East Palo Alto branch in the next six months, but where to move the post office remains unknown, agency officials disclosed at a Monday meeting.

The evening gathering to discuss relocation of the Postal Service's Bay Road branch was a small affair, with three Postal Service officials and two community residents in attendance at the East Palo Alto Library. Regardless, they discussed a bevy of issues regarding the post office's relocation and its consequences for the community.

East Palo Alto resident Lourdes Best, who attended the meeting with fellow resident Shamari Alexander, said she came to make sure her opinion was registered.

"I wanted my voice to be heard," Best said. "That's why I came out, to support and find out more information."

Dean Cameron of the agency's Pacific Facilities Service Office was present at the meeting to provide information on current plans for the relocation. Cameron presented the geographic limits for the new location -- the search area is bordered north by Kavanaugh Drive/Notre Dame Avenue, south by East Bayshore Road, east by Pulgas Avenue and west by Willow Road.

The Postal Service has one location in mind, but Cameron did not disclose said location. Ramon Martinez Jr., a former Palo Alto postmaster who now works in the Postal Service's operations division, expressed enthusiasm when Best suggested a location within or near the Ravenswood Shopping Center, stating the area offered a "prime location" for the post office.

The Postal Service is looking for a property that is 500 square feet, but if its preliminary search proves fruitless, the agency will shift to looking for a 1,000-square-foot building. The main objectives are to find a location that stays within the geographic limits as indicated by Cameron, that has an East Palo Alto zip code and that retains the same services as the Bay Road location.

The need for relocation comes after the landlord's decision to not renew the Postal Service's lease. The landlord's decision was one of the last such efforts to redevelop property before East Palo Alto instituted a development moratorium in 2016, which put building projects on hold until the city increases its water supply. According to Martinez, one consequence of the moratorium is that no more post offices can be closed for development purposes like the Bay Road location was.

Another point of conversation addressed the new location's intended hours. Cameron had previously stated that the new post office will retain the same hours, but Best and Lourdes questioned the schedule of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Best emphasized her experience with the difficulty of getting to the post office before 2 p.m., as well as the fact that the Miranda Avenue post office in Palo Alto is in a different county. Martinez stated that the Postal Service has restricted hours and cannot institute hours that go past 5 p.m.

The 40-minute meeting may have been small, but those present were effusive and candid, delving into other issues including the high level of traffic in the city. Towards the end of the meeting, Best asked if she could submit written comment through email. Postal Service spokesman Augustine Ruiz responded jokingly, "we need the postage."

Community residents now have 30 days to submit written comment to the United States Postal Service, Attn: Dean Cameron, 1300 Evans Ave. Suite 200, San Francisco CA, 94188.

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Henry young
East Palo Alto
on Jun 24, 2018 at 4:20 pm
Henry young, East Palo Alto
on Jun 24, 2018 at 4:20 pm

Sirs and Maddam, I like the location of the of the Post Office as it is. But understanding it must move I vote for the Ravenswood shopping center. I really think that location serves the public best...


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