STUY TOWN — The Stuy Town post office has signed a lease for a new, smaller space and hopes to move by the spring, according to the United States Postal Service.
The Peter Stuyvesant Post Office will close in February and reopen nearby at 333 E. 14th St. near First Avenue by March, said Randall Briskin, a broker from the Feil Organization, who represented the U.S. Postal Service.
“They recognize that the Stuy Town Branch is a critical area to maintain service,” Briskin said of the Postal Service. “This relocation enabled services to stay in the area without being too far.”
The current post office at 432 E. 14th St. is 30,000 square feet, but the new space, in a former Duane Reade store, will be just 6,500 square feet, Briskin said.
The Postal Service signed a 10-year lease for the new space, which was first reported by Town & Village.
The move is part of the Postal Service's larger effort to downsize post offices across the country in the face of falling revenues and mail volumes.
The Postal Service has already moved delivery and collection operations to the Madison Square post office, but all the current staff at the Peter Stuyvesant Post Office will continue to work at the new one, said Connie Chirichello, a spokeswoman for the USPS.
“I can tell you that customers will continue to see the same friendly employees they have come to know by name,” she said. “There will be no change in staffing. Customers will continue to receive their mail as usual from the same letter carriers.”