NEWS-LEDGE – MAY 11, 2011 –
By Steve Marschke
The old Bryte Post Office at 1548 Lisbon Avenue in the city’s northeast has served customers in the neighborhood for decades. But it looks like the last time for customers to check their P.O. box or buy some stamps there will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 4.
Gary Ruiz, a spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service, confirmed Monday that USPS has notified local customers of the closure. In the agency’s words, “a final determination has been made to consolidate the Bryte Branch Post Office. . . with the Broderick Branch Post Office located at 900 Sacramento Avenue.”
The Broderick branch will get new post office boxes to serve those customers transferring from Bryte.
Ruiz provided a copy of the USPS letter to the News-Ledger. The letter also advises that P.O. boxes may be rented at 1601 Merkley Avenue or at 3775 Industrial Boulevard in West Sacramento as well.
Neighbors and community activists have fought for several years to keep the branch open in the face of USPS budget cuts. They’ve argued that local residents – many of whom do not drive – needed a postal branch in Bryte.
Bill Kristoff, a West Sacramento City Councilman and former postal manager in West Sacramento, talked about the branch to the News-Ledger in 2009:
“It gives a lot of residents who live in the Bryte area someplace to go, even if it’s to walk to the post office and mail a letter or buy a stamp. It’s something for people to do, especially for the older folks. I realize the postal service has some real difficulties right now, and I realize people can go all the way to Broderick, but that’s a long walk.”
The property was leased by the postal service, an other postal official told the News-Ledger. The USPS’s Ruiz said he had no information on what will happen to the old building.
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