August 1, 2017
Richmond Main Street Initiative, the Office of Mayor Tom Butt, the Office of Congressman DeSaulnier, the Iron Triangle Neighborhood Council, and others are working together to prevent this relocation. Please see below for a timeline of events and update:
Timeline of Events
January 25: Notice announcing proposed sale of building posted at Richmond Main Post Office
May 5: Notice announcing potential relocation of post office, and notice of public meeting and comment period posted at Richmond Main Post Office
May 16: Notice of public hearing posted to USPS website
May 31: USPS held public meeting; 30-day public comment period initiated
June 15: Town Hall meeting hosted by Iron Triangle Neighborhood Council
June 30: USPS public comment period closed
Richmond Main Street and the Mayor’s Office facilitated collecting and mailing at least 250 letters and 113 online petition signatures.
What Happens Next?
Dean Cameron, the USPS representative overseeing this process, is aggregating the public comments and community feedback which will be taken into consideration by the panel of USPS officials evaluating the proposed relocation. A timeline/date for the final determination has not been provided.
Updates from Elected Officials
Office of Mayor Tom Butt
Mayor Tom Butt is committed to helping find alternative solutions to the proposed relocation of services from the Downtown location to the McVittie Annex. The Mayor met with Dean Cameron in June to explore options to prevent the relocation. We are waiting to hear more information regarding when the decision will be made.The Mayor is continuing to engage with USPS officials along with Congressman DeSaulnier to press for any course of action that will maintain services in the Downtown post office.
Office of Supervisor John Gioia
Supervisor Gioia submitted a letter to USPS on May 30 expressing opposition to plans to close the downtown Richmond Post Office. Among many other points supporting the preservation of the office, Supervisor Gioia noted that it is centrally-located within an improving downtown area that serves as a vital transit hub.
For more information about this situation, including copies of the notices, letters of support from local leaders, news articles, and arguments to save the Richmond Main Post Office, please explore this webpage.
Richmond Main Street staff will do their very best to continue to advocate on behalf of the Richmond community and provide updates as they become available.
Huge thanks to everyone who attended the meetings, wrote letters, signed the petition, shared this story, and resisted this proposal.
In partnership & community,
Richmond Main Street Initiative
Alicia Gallo, (510) 236-4049, firstname.lastname@example.org