Public postal parking plea... a post-mortem
There's a parlor game in which a player looking for a hidden item gets clued that he's off course when those in the know tell him “cold,” “colder” and then “freezing.”
The latter would definitely apply now to the quest for public off-street parking at the West End post office, 204 S. 25th St.
The idea first surfaced seven years ago, after the new Carrier Annex was built south of Highway 24. The West End station's manager at the time said that with the relocation of about 20 letter-carriers to the new facility, there would be room for public parking in what had been an employee-only lot at West End. Warm.
The manager's caveat was that a training trailer attached to the rear of the building had to be removed. Time passed, and that didn't happen. Cold.
Finally in December 2007, the trailer went away. Regional postal officials recommended public-parking to higher officials. Warm again.
More time passed without approval from higher-ups. Cold.
In summer 2008, the news finally came down that because of financial setbacks for the U.S. Postal Service, the parking plan was on hold. Colder.
About a month ago, a contractor re-fenced in front of a driveway along Cucharras Street that had become a parking lot access when the Postal Service removed the trailer. When it was pointed out to regional postal spokesperson Ron Perry that this work seemed contrary to the concept of eventually opening the lot to public parking, he clarified that the federal agency expects to lose $4 billion at the national level this year. As a result, he said, postal authorities “are not spending a whole lot on things that they think aren't particulary necessary,” such as public parking at the West End station.
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