Macon’s College Street post office undergoing renovation

Macon’s College Street post office undergoing renovation

lfabian@macon.comJanuary 9, 2013 

Macon postal customers can tell something is up by the four office trailers parked at the College Street office.

Beginning Jan. 21, those mobile buildings will hold post office boxes to allow for renovation of the main building.

“Basically, we’re moving one of the walls in the box section to the front to make room for more mail processing equipment,” Postmaster Tim Goodwin said.

The Postal Service anticipates needing more capacity for the processing and distribution center behind the boxes, but Goodwin said he was not privy to any specific future plans to process more mail in Macon. An inquiry to a regional Postal Service spokesperson was not immediately answered.

Those renting existing post office boxes could read the handwriting on the wall -- specifically numbers 1 through 4 written in black marker that likely denote which trailer those boxes will occupy.

Merrie Lowe, who regularly picks up mail for the family aviation business at Middle Georgia Regional Airport, said she had seen the floor roped off in recent weeks in anticipation of the project that will have her collecting mail in the parking-lot trailers.

“I don’t think it will make any difference,” Lowe said. “I don’t know where my mail will be.”

Customers will be informed of the change by letter, and each trailer will be marked to let patrons know which boxes are inside, Goodwin said.

Tuesday morning, the pending relocation was news to Patricia Jackson, who checks her mail every few days.

“You mean I’m going to have to go out there and up those steps?” she asked while watching workmen attaching stairs and wheelchair ramps to the temporary trailers.

She figures she can handle it.

“I will. I’ll have to, I guess. As they say, ‘You have to roll with the flow,’ ” Jackson said.

The retail lobby will remain open, but 15 parking spaces are blocked by the trailers along Hardeman Avenue.

The adjacent lot has 16 spaces, and customers may also use the employee lot on College Street across from Washington Park.

“Hopefully, we can minimize the effects,” Goodwin said.

About 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, the current boxes will close and be moved to the trailers that weekend.

“There’s going to be a period of time when they can’t get to their box,” Goodwin said.

Customers should gain access again at 7 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21. There will be no delivery that day because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

The wall construction is expected to be complete by the end of the month, but it will take another couple of weeks to reconfigure the mailboxes.

Workers will do everything possible to make sure post office box numbers don’t change, but Goodwin anticipates a few could change once the new wall is configured.

Customer Scott Pipkins was relieved to hear his number likely will stay the same.

“They can change it for the bills, but for the incoming checks, it needs to stay the same,” Pipkins joked.

To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.

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