There will be a hearing at 444 Westminster Street (Planning Dept. building at the corner of Empire) on October 12 at 6:30pm for the public to provide feedback to the Postal Service on the closing of the Kennedy Plaza branch.
Several area businesses received surveys today from the US Postal Service regarding the closure of the main Post Office in Kennedy Plaza. The “discontinuance feasibility study” evaluates the branch’s operations, how to “continue to meet customers’ retail needs, improve productivity, increase efficiency, and cut costs.”
The letter suggests customers will be able to use the internet, stamps by mail, phone, and fax (fax!?) services and also offers the “Providence Post Office,” i.e. the facility on Charles Street as an alternative including for PO Box customers (of which Greater City: Providence is one).
With the Thayer Street and Weybosset Hill branches also on the list of possible closures, downtown Providence will be left without a Post Office. Forcing people to use time and energy to drive or take a bus to Charles Street hardly seems productive or efficient to me.