WARNER ROBINS — The post office at 200 N. Davis Drive in Warner Robins is expected to close Feb. 12.
Notices were up Tuesday notifying postal customers of the pending closure.
“Effective Feb. 12, 2010, this postal service facility will be permanently closed,” reads the notice from Vernon Knight, officer-in-charge for the main post office at 904 Russell Parkway.
Knight declined to comment on the closure, referring comment to Michael Miles, a U.S. Postal Service spokesman based in Atlanta. Miles said Tuesday that the office was closed because of a lease disagreement.
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“We were unable to negotiate a favorable lease,” he said.
The notice directs customers to the Russell Parkway location three miles away for all services.
Miles said those with post office boxes at the North Davis Drive location may transfer them to the Russell Parkway location, the only post office facility remaining in the city.
The notice states that the closure will not impact mail delivered to homes.
The closing mirrors a national trend of closings and cuts by the Postal Service. A proposed increase in rent for the North Davis Drive location placed it on a “collision course” with the federal mandate to reduce costs and increase efficiency, Miles previously said.
Cynthia Lindsey, who was dropping off a package at the North Davis Drive post office Tuesday afternoon, said she wished the post office would remain open.
“I think it will be a big inconvenience,” said Lindsey, a medical lab assistant who lives off Utah Avenue.
She noted that some North Davis Drive post office customers do not have transportation and walk to the facility.
Roderick Cooper, who lives in Centerville and stopped at the North Davis Drive facility Tuesday afternoon, said, “It’s convenient for people on this side of town. That’s common sense.”
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