One of the few postal facilities in New Haven might soon be closing.
The United States Postal Service has circulated a notice to post office box users that the Federal Station facility on Chapel Street in downtown New Haven is being considered for closure, due in part to a lack of use.
That notice said in part, “… office workload has declined, due in part to vacant post office boxes, as well as the continuous decline in mail volume.”
The notice also said maintenance of the facility is “not cost-effective.”
The closure would leave the downtown area with only one official postal facility, which is getting pushback from New Haven Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro who said shutting this facility would “remove New Haven residents and businesses from USPS services.”
There is a full-service postal facility in a Yale University building about half a mile from the Chapel Street location. That facility is one of two locations where USPS is directing customers who would be impacted by the potential closure in addition to the main New Haven post office on Brewery Street outside downtown.
NBC Connecticut contacted the U.S. Postal Service for comment and we have not received a response.
It’s unclear how many jobs would be impacted or what would happen to any impacted workers if the proposed closure happens. There is no timeline for a decision.
The Postal Service held a meeting about the issue on Wednesday, Feb. 7.