AUSTIN (KXAN) - Thursday is the last day to pick up or send mail from the post office in Downtown Austin. The 510 Guadalupe St. location is moving to 823 Congress Ave.
There will be a lapse between Thursday's closing and the opening of the new location on Jan. 2. People who have post office boxes at the Guadalupe location won't be able to get their mail until next week.
"We'll be moving these boxes, that's why we have to shut down tonight, it's a major undertaking," said Sam Bolen, a spokesman with the Postal Service.
USPS has made arrangements with people who have P.O. boxes to get their mail if it is time sensitive.
"There will be no change of address required for any of our customers at this location when they move to the new location and that will save them a lot of money on stationary and things like that," explained Bolen.
He said usually on moves like this, with thousands of boxes, they have to change at least a 100 addresses. The new location will house 78767 and 78768 zip codes.
The U.S. Postal Service sold the property in May and has been at the Guadalupe location for 16 years. Bolen said in 2006 there was a concern the property was not being utilized to its maximum potential. The postal service explored putting the building up for sale because of the economy and it sold quickly.
"We'll make due I'm sorry to see the post office moving, it's been here a long time," explained Paul Beurskens, whose businesses uses the downtown location. "I got a PO box close to one of my other stores so we're going to move over there.."
Many businesses downtown rely on the post office for work and some people are worried the new location will be a hassle.
"Its terrible no parking over there, it's ridiculous a big time post office in a big time city like Austin and find some place over there where you cant park I'm disappointed in the post office," said Bill Kemp, a lawyer downtown.
The post office said people will be able to use street parking or the parking garage off of Ninth, but it won't be free.
"Since this office was built in 1996 Austin has grown phenomenally, the cost to provide free parking it just wasn't doable in the area of consideration that e had to work with," said Bolen.
He said there was a great demand to keep a post office downtown, and that's why the considered that location. He said most people will pick up their mail before or after parking meters are enforced.
In comparison to the current location's parking lot, it's going to be an adjustment.
"I Mean we're excited about the new location but again just the challenges of parking so , I'm sure there's been some great planning on that but, again there's always the question of convenience and being able to access the post office fairly quickly," explained Teri O'Glee.
Bolen said if people don't want to deal with the parking, there are several post office locations around the city including the one on South Congress.
People and business customers with a 78701 ZIP code were moved from the Downtown Austin location to the South Congress Station in September.
U.S. Postal Service 210 Guadalupe Location
- Close permanently 5:30 p.m. Thursday Dec. 27
- Locked for good at midnight
- P.O. boxes will be available at new location next week
U.S.Postal Service 823 Congress Location
- Open January 2, 2013
- Regular Hours
- 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
- Monday - Friday
- Closed on Saturday and Sunday
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