(February 8, 2015) Earlier this week, the Postal Service announced that the historic post office on Reynolds Street In downtown Plant City, Florida, is being discontinued. It’s the first such discontinuance in over 16 months.
The Plant City post office has been closed since June 2013, when the Postal Service shut down the 1935 facility for an emergency suspension due to deteriorating conditions, including a leaky roof and mold.
The Postal Service then decided it didn’t want to spend $1.4 million to repair the building, so it made plans to sell the property. In October 2013, the Postal Service initiated a discontinuance study to close the post office permanently.
For some reason it took a long time to complete the study, but this week the Postal Service announced the results — the Plant City post office will be discontinued and closed permanently.
The news report in the Tampa Bay Tribune says that “a postal regulatory commission has until Feb. 27 to file any objections,” but that’s a misunderstanding. The PRC won’t file any objections itself, but if someone in Plant City files an appeal with the Commission, it’s possible that the Commission would remand the decision back to the Postal Service for further review.