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Ashley post office to open next week

The mail center, near Kennedy, aims to serve a lot of walk-up customers.

By EMILY NIPPS, Times Staff Writer
Published December 7, 2007


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DOWNTOWN 

A new downtown post office on Ashley Drive will be open and ready for business next week, U.S. Postal Service spokesman Gary Sawtelle said.

Originally scheduled to open today, the post office awaits signs and other "odds and ends" before it's ready, he said. The new target date is Wednesday.

Officials announced this past summer that the post office would open at 401 Ashley, the former location of National Wall Art Gallery, but had not set a date.

It will replace a post office at 925 Florida Ave. that closed last month. That post office was part of the dilapidated Floridan Hotel, which was purchased by a developer who hopes to build a ballroom and parking facility there.

Another downtown postal center, at 401 Florida, near the convention center, will remain open. Postal officials will review the need for that office, which is less than a mile from the Ashley site, sometime next year.

Some customers have complained that the Ashley address won't be as convenient as the old site.

The new post office, near Kennedy Boulevard, has no parking near the entrance and people will have to park a block or more away.

But the Postal Service hopes the Ashley office will serve a different kind of customer.

"We're really anticipating a lot of walk-up customers," Sawtelle said. "With all of the future residential development going on and with it being so close to the heart of the business district, we think it will be convenient for a lot of people."

[Last modified December 6, 2007, 07:36:13]


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