Return to sender!
Plans to move Boerum Hill’s post office a few blocks from its Atlantic Avenue location to nearby Dean Street have been sacked because the new location is in the wrong zip code, and residents are wondering how the agency that claims it delivers could make such a mistake.
“How the post office of all people, as one of their first tests, did not plug this address into their own website is a mystery to me,” said Community Board 2 District Manager Rob Perris of the so-called “Times Plaza” station.
The present office at 542 Atlantic Ave. between Third and Fourth avenues is moving because its lease has expired, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Mail. The move-out date was supposed to be at the end of 2014, but the landlord gave the agency an extension in order to have time to find a new location and make a smooth transition, the representative said.
The agency announced in August that it would set up shop at 594 Dean St. in Prospect Heights, about a 10-minute walk from the current spot. But the office now appears to be moving to Park Slope, according to a letter sent to Borough President Adams in December which said the agency had chosen a building at 288-290 Flatbush Ave. between Park and Prospect places.
An agency representative said that building, which once housed a Chase Bank branch, is the likely choice, but the lease hasn’t been signed.
“This is still an active review of options that will serve the community in a smart, cost-effective way,” said Connie Chirichello.
The foul-up is the latest mishap for a location that has long received complaints from customers for its abysmal customer service. Perris said he hopes the move to a new building will be a change for the better.
“The new building is contemporary, with lots of windows, so it looks like it could be at least physically a better location than the one on Atlantic Avenue,” he said.