The relocation of the Santa Monica Post Office at 1248 5th St. to a new facility 0.7 miles away was approved Friday, says the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).
The new facility will be housed at the Santa Monica Carrier Annex at 1653 7th St.
A date for the relocation has not yet been determined.
As part of the move, the new facility will feature retail lobby service, Post Office Box delivery, and Bulk Business Mail acceptance.
There will be no change in Post Office Box numbers or ZIP Code.
USPS plans to sell the building at 1248 5th St. after operations are relocated Postal Service representatives held a community meeting in Santa Monica on July 19, and a written public comment period was open from June 26 through August 3, to gather public comments.
The relocation proposal and all public input received were then forwarded to USPS Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where the final decision was made.
The Santa Monica Post Office relocation and building sale is part of a nationwide response by USPS to right-size its vast network, reduce costs and operate more efficiently in the face of dramatic decreases in mail volume and revenue, and other economic factors. Total mail volume has dropped 20 percent in the past three years.
This decision may be appealed within 15 days to:
Vice President, Facilities
Pacific Facilities Service Office
1300 Evans Ave. Ste. 200
San Francisco CA 94188-0200
The Postal Service does not receive tax dollars to fund its operations and facilities.