As most of you are aware, on April 5th, the United States Postal Service announced it’s intention to close the historic downtown post office and move service operations to the annex on the southern edge of town. Mayor Rossing asked the Northfield Downtown Development Corp. to organize a task force made up of key stakeholder groups to fight the closure. It became the Save Our Post Office Task Force.
Most citizens, the City Council, and the leadership of the Task Force agreed that the closing of the downtown post office would have an adverse impact on Northfield. An average of 500 people a day visit the facility, bringing valuable vitality to our downtown. Over 250 businesses in downtown benefit from the current location of these supportive services. Approximately 400 residents are within walking distance of the facility. Closing the downtown post office would hurt the local economy and the loss of the central location would be a hardship for the entire community. Continue reading Save Our Post Office – The Time to Act is Now→
On April 5 the United States Post Office (USPS) announced their decision to sell Northfield’s downtown Post Office building and relocate window service to the Carrier Annex on Cannon Road. A final decision will be made on June 3. The Northfield community has until then to try to reverse this decision! A Save Our Post Office (SOPO) Task Force, led by the NDDC, has organized to keep a postal presence in downtown.
The SOPO Strategy:
Raise public awareness about the potential post office closure
Enlist support to lobby the USPS to keep postal services downtown
Challenge the proposed USPS business model
Prepare creative alternative plans to keep postal service downtown
At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, we received the news that we had all been dreading. The United States Postal Service announced their intention to abandon the historic downtown post office and relocate and consolidate services on south Highway 3.
Anthony Williams, Regional District Manager
United States Postal Service
100 1st Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401-9990
Dear Mr. Williams,
We are writing to respond to your recent letter to Mayor Mary Rossing in which you state that you are considering a consolidation of USPS operations in Northfield, Minnesota to the USPS “Carrier Annex,” two miles south of our downtown. In our view, the proposed consolidation does not make economic sense for the USPS and is not in the interest of the Northfield community. Continue reading Save the Post Office Task Force’s Letter to the USPS→