Big changes are coming to the downtown Rochester post offices

Posted at: 04/21/2013 11:33 PM
Updated at: 04/22/2013 12:14 PM
By: Ray Levato

If you mail a letter in downtown Rochester changes are coming.

Two downtown post offices are being closed and relocated to a new location on the west side. This took some east side customers by surprise.

The post office on East Broad Street replaced the one in the now demolished Midtown Plaza a block away. In fact, the postal service calls it the Midtown Station.

But a notice posted in the last few weeks says this post office is closing and that took postal customers by surprise.

“I'm not happy about it at all. To me, it doesn't make sense. They're removing it from the center of the city,” said Isabel Rosa.

“I live near Liberty Pole Way in the Temple Building, so this was really convenient for me. I work from home, so this was really nice to be able to come to this post office. It's unfortunate they are going to close it,” said  Amanda Greene.

News10NBC spoke on the phone with Karen Mazurkiewicz, a U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman in Buffalo. She said the Midtown Station on Broad Street was never supposed to be permanent.

“The Postal Service made it clear that we would find a temporary location to take care of the immediate needs of the customers. But the long-term plans were always to combine the customer traffic from the Midtown area and the Federal Building Station on State Street under one roof in one new location,” said Mazurkiewicz.

That new location is 116 West Main Street at Plymouth Avenue. It's in a brand new building that's adjacent to new row houses and unlike Midtown, it will be handicapped accessible.

The Postal Service also expects a lot of walk-up foot traffic here, but parking looks like it will be an issue because of a limited number of spaces.  

So where to park down here? There's paid parking along Plymouth, handful of free 15-minute spaces with flashers, but to get to covered parking you have to go all the way down to a one-way street called Scott Alley.

The Postal Service says the number of spaces in the covered parking area behind the new post office hasn't been determined yet, but it certainly doesn't look very easy to maneuver.

For east side customers like Larry Rabinowitz who works downtown, he will miss the the Midtown Station when it closes in May.

I think they should keep it open. It's a great location. It's convenient to a lot of businesses and people who live in the area, so I don't know why they want to close it,” said  Rabinowitz.

The new West Main Street post office is scheduled to open May 6. The Midtown Branch will close about the same time, leaving the old post office on Cumberland Street as the only one on the east side of the river.