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Brooklyn Post Office Nixes Prospect Heights Move After ZIP Code Snafu

 The Times Plaza post office at 542 Atlantic Ave. has lost its lease, USPS officials said.
The Times Plaza post office at 542 Atlantic Ave. has lost its lease, USPS officials said.
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PROSPECT HEIGHTS — The new post office had the wrong address.

Boerum Hill’s post office will not move to Prospect Heights, the United States Postal Service said this week, after it came to light that the Dean Street building set to be its new home is not in the right ZIP code.

The Times Plaza station at 542 Atlantic Ave. has been looking for a new building since 2013 and had previously eyed a new warehouse building at 594 Dean St. in Prospect Heights as its new retail location, according to a USPS spokeswoman.

But that is no longer an option, she said.

“The Dean Street site was located just outside the zip code boundary of the present location,” said Connie Chirichello in an email. The Dean Street spot is in 11238; the Times Plaza post office serves 11217, which covers Boerum Hill and parts of Fort Greene and Park Slope.

The postal service is still considering 594 Dean St. for carrier operations, but is looking at 290 Flatbush Ave. in Park Slope as a possible retail location, she said. However, the USPS has not signed a lease and “no final decision has been reached,” she added.

“This is still an active review of options that will serve the community in a smart, cost-effective way,” she said.

The lease for the Atlantic Avenue post office ended at the end of 2014, Chirichello said, but the landlord there has extended it while the USPS secures a new site.

The Times Plaza post office requires about 3,800 square feet of space, a postal service official told the local community board when the station lost its lease.

The Dean Street building considered by the USPS will lease 18,000 square feet of space to a new co-working company, Industrious, which plans to open in the spring.