USPS Is Getting Rid of This for Customers, as of Nov. 10
The postal agency is currently locked in a major battle that could affect your mail.
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) can do more for you than you might realize. Aside from deliveries and other regular mail services, the USPS also has the ability to process passports, sell money orders, and collect election ballots. But despite its wide range of services, the agency's operations are not always consistent over time or from place to place. Some customers will realize this soon, as the Postal Service plans to make a cut for certain individuals in the next week. Read on to find out what the agency is planning to change as of Nov. 10.
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The Postal Service has recently made many changes that impact customers.
USPS customers have already seen their fair share of adjustments from the agency as a result of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's Delivering for American plan. The initiative was unveiled by the postmaster general in March 2021 as a 10-year plan designed to get the struggling Postal Service to a state of financial and operational stability through various changes.
A number of these changes have already taken place. Back in Oct. 2021, the USPS implemented new service standards that slowed down certain mail deliveries for customers, and then it did so again in May of this year. The agency has also increased costs for consumers several times already in 2022, with new fees introduced in April and price hikes initiated in both July and October.
Now, the USPS has just confirmed another upcoming change—but it's not part of DeJoy's plan.
The agency is getting rid of something as of Nov. 10.
Certain customers will want to take note of a new adjustment coming from the USPS soon.
In a news release issued Oct. 31, the agency announced that it will be ending service for customers at a post office in Darien, Connecticut, in the next week. According to the alert, "the last day of retail service at the old facility" on Corbin Drive will be Nov. 10. After that, customers are being directed to use the Noroton Heights Post Office, which is also located in Darien on Heights Road.
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USPS said the Darien Post Office closure will be temporary.
This isn't expected to be a permanent change, however. Retail services and PO Boxes for Darien Post Office customers will only be temporarily relocating to the Noroton Heights Post Office, according to the USPS. The agency said that any mail not picked up by customers from the Darien Post Office by close of business on Nov. 10 will be "safely and securely" transferred to the other facility, including PO Box mail and packages.
PO Box customers from the soon-to-be-shuttered facility will also need to pick up new mailbox keys at the Noroton Heights Post Office, which will be available at no additional cost, but customers will be required to present their ID to receive them. "There will be no change to the Post Office Box numbers," the USPS further explained. "This move will not affect door-to-door delivery to our customers and the routes will remain the same. There will be no interruption of delivery service."
But while the Postal Service said it has plans to return to the Darien Post Office, customers are set to be displaced through at least the end of the year. "Although there is no set timeline for Darien to reopen, it is a temporary move and Darien Post Office will return to the community in early 2023," the USPS said in its news release, adding that it will provide updated announcements to customers whenever further information becomes available.
And unfortunately for those who rely on the post office, there's a chance that the closure won't be temporary—and the Darien Post Office may not even be left standing.
Developers claim the agency is "illegally" occupying the space.
The USPS did not indicate why it was moving services from the Darien Post Office to the Noroton Heights Post Office in its news release. But on Oct. 19, The Darien Times reported that real estate developer Baywater Properties is preparing to evict the USPS from its facility on Corbin Drive. According to the newspaper, the company is entering its second development phase for an upcoming shopping center in that area and is set to demolish the building housing the post office in November to make room for more parking and a storage area.
Baywater Properties CEO David Genovese claims that the postal agency has not paid rent and is using the building "illegally" after their lease ended on Sept. 30. He told The Darien Times he has never experienced anything like this from a tenant in 35 years. "We're doing everything we can to minimize disruption and trying to make this as painless as possible," Genovese said. "We don't have a choice but to evict them and put the pressure on them to relocate."
Kurtis Bullard, a real estate specialist and spokesperson for the USPS, told the newspaper that the situation is complicated, but that the agency is working to sign a new lease for the Darien Post Office. According to Bullard, the USPS has entered negotiations for a permanent storefront in a separate shopping center but has been delayed in signing a new lease.
"There's a lot going on as far as the community and the Postal Service, trying to make sure this goes smooth," the USPS real estate specialist said to The Darien Times. "These are very detailed, nuanced real estate issues given [that] a very unique entity such as the Post Office has different protections that just aren't applicable to a normal commercial tenant. It's just a tough dynamic, especially when you're doing business in the local community."