Hogarth Street Post Office Location & Construction
Posted: October 10, 2014
When the City of Eau Claire decided to only extend the U.S. Postal Service lease for its downtown facility for one month, nobody knew what the alternative would mean for daily mail service via the post office box.
The Eau Claire Redevelopment Authority (RDA) rightfully declined to extend the post office lease for more than a month because the city wanted to move forward with its plans for a downtown parking ramp on the same site. However, since the post office was going to be charged twice its lease rate to remain in its downtown facility, the postal service elected to move its daily operations to its mail processing facility on the city's north side. Until the post office relocates its downtown presence in early December, the only way to do get mail from a post office box is to travel to Hogarth Street.
I do not look forward to picking up my mail every day at the processing facility on Hogarth Street. Not only is it an inconvenience, but Hogarth Street is being torn up and it's nearly impossible to predict what route to take to get the mail from my P.O. boxes. Some days it looks like one of the entrances is open, only to find out midstream that large road construction equipment is blocking traffic. Other times, the roadway to get the mail is closed off entirely.
I can't blame the contractor doing the road work. However, I can blame the lack of communication between the postal service and the City of Eau Claire. Since the reconstruction of Hogarth Street has likely been planned for months, it only seems logical that someone from the postal service would have known about the project. On the other hand, the postal service is not much for returning numerous phone calls about anything. So I guess I should not be surprised by the outcome.
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