The United States Postal Service is eyeing a store on Doheny Drive near Dorrington Avenue, just south of Santa Monica Boulevard, to move its retail counter services and post office boxes in the wake of budget shortages forcing the closure of the retail counter at the current USPS location on San Vicente Boulevard.
Postal officials sent word to West Hollywood City Hall on Tuesday that it is considering moving to 458 Doheny Drive, the current site of a home furnishing store that is going out of business.
“The Doheny site is the only location we have found [in the West Hollywood area] that meets USPS needs and the needs of the community,” said Richard Maher, the USPS’ public information officer for the Los Angeles area.
For the next 30 days, the post office will accept letters of comment from the public about the possible move. Those letters should be sent to:
USPS Facilities Implementation
1300 Evans Ave. Ste. 200
San Francisco CA 94188-8200
After the 30-day public comment period ends, postal officials will make a final decision on moving to the 4,000-square-foot location on Doheny, a half mile away from the current site at 820 San Vicente Blvd., just north of Santa Monica.
“There would be no change to ZIP code or post-office box numbers,” Maher said. “There is a parking garage … it has plenty of free parking.”
During a public meeting held in Nov. 2012, Maher explained that the post office is in a severe budget crisis due to a 30-percent drop in first-class mail volume since 2006. The postal service, which receives no tax dollars, has lost $40 billion in the last six years, $15.9 billion during the fiscal year 2012 alone. That averages to $57 million lost every day.
As part of a nationwide cost-cutting effort, the USPS plans to sell many of the facilities it owns, including its Beverly Hills building, located at 325 N Maple Drive at 3rd. The retail portion of the Beverly Hills post office will be moved to a new location in Beverly Hills.
However the delivery operations center for Beverly Hills would be moved to the 13,000-square-foot San Vicente location where West Hollywood mail is currently delivered from. Because WeHo delivers mail for ZIP codes beginning with 900 and Beverly Hills delivers mail for ZIP codes beginning with 902, the two operations can’t be combined. Similarly, the building is too small to have two different ZIP code delivery areas.
As a result, the retail counter services and post office boxes currently housed in the San Vicente building has to be relocated. Maher said the 458 Doheny Drive location is the only one the UPSP found with adequate parking in the general vicinity of the current post office.
Meanwhile, the West Hollywood delivery operations center will be moved into the post office’s Bicentennial station at 7610 Beverly Blvd. at Curson (near the CBS Television City and the Grove shopping center). Because the Bicentennial station also delivers to ZIP codes beginning with 900, those two operations can be combined easily.
An exact date for the relocation to Doheny, if approved, is not yet known.
“We have to accept comments for 30 days before we can move forward,” Maher said.