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Post Office Closure Among the Issues on Community Board Agendas This Week

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Tonight a Community Board 3 committee will discuss the possible closing of the Pitt Station Post Office on Clinton Street. As we have reported, the office is on a preliminary list of locations the US Postal Service may close later this year. The meeting of CB3's human services committee takes place at 630pm at the Rutgers Community Center, 200 Madison Street. Other committee meetings of note this week:

  • Tomorrow the transportation committee will talk about the ongoing Allen Street Mall project. During the summer, the full community board was briefed by the Parks Dept. While there were some concerns about traffic flow and bike lanes, the plan received mostly positive feedback from board members and residents who spoke. The board urged the cityto keep them involved in the process as planning proceeds. The transportation committee will also hear a request from the Fung Wah Bus Company to add a bus stop at either 49-47 Chrystie  or 85 Chrystie. The meeting takes place at 630pm at the BRC Senior Services Center, 30 Delancey Street.
  • On Thursday night, the economic development/zoning/planning committee takes up SPURA once again. According to the agenda, they will discuss the "development process" for the site formerly known as the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area. City Planning officials will make a presentation on "urban design and planning options." The committee will also take up a zoning variance for 180 Ludlow.

One other note on the campaign to save the Pitt Station Post Office. As we have reported in the past, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney and State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver circulated petitions several weeks ago and wrote a joint letter to the USPS, in support of keeping the post office open. In addition, the presidents of the four large Co-op buildings on Grand Street, are urging the Post Master General to remove the Pitt Station from the closure list.  The representatives from the Seward Park, Amalgamated, East River and Hillman Co-ops said closing the Clinton Street office would hit the large senior population in their buildings very hard. They also indicated that many local businesses would switch to private companies, such as Federal Express, if the Pitt Station closed.

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