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A Boerum Hill community group is going postal about declining service at the Atlantic Avenue station.

Ironically, the torrent of gripes about misdelivered mail, automated machine failure, and long waits at the Times Plaza station made it to the Boerum Hill Association via a more modern form of communication, e-mail.

But however they were received, such messages led the BHA to revive its on-again, off-again quest for better service at the post office, a source of habitual angst.

“We have ignored this for a little too long,” Joel Potischman, the group’s vice president, said after a hearing a horror story about a high school student’s applications to colleges going undelivered.

To strengthen its case about the Times Plaza station, near Third Avenue, the Association is conducting a survey on its Web site, which includes queries about mail service.

Another Association member said the problems stem from the neighborhood’s rapid growth.

“It just doesn’t serve us well with all the new and expected condos on Atlantic Avenue. We’re fed up,” said Sue Wolfe, the group’s president.

Both she and Potischman also blamed the poor service on the building itself, which is outdated.

Rampant development and obsolete facilities doesn’t fall under the unofficial postman credo, which covers only rain, snow, heat and gloom of night. Still, the USPS admitted that population growth in urban areas like Boerum Hill hinders service.

“We acknowledge the difficulties that customers in this area have been experiencing with delivery problems,” Bob Trombley, a Postal Service spokesman, said in a written statement.

He didn’t say if the building itself was to blame, but said there are no plans to relocate.

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