Downtown businesses react to moving of US Post Office

Published: Jan. 19, 2017 at 9:38 PM CST
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Businesses in downtown Bowling Green reacted to the possibility that the downtown branch of the US Postal Service may be moving out of the area.

The Postal Service says they plan on moving that branch as close to the current location as possible. It currently serves a number of people every day.

"Our business uses it every day," says Tim Lee of Select Inc., "I have never been there where there isn't a line of people waiting for service at the desk every day of the week, pretty much every hour of the day."

Tim Leigh isn't the only person who shares that belief.

"It's rare that you walk in and there's not a number of folks waiting for service or checking their post office boxes," says Travis Armstrong of English Lucas Priest & Owsley, LLP, right next door.

The post office offers a number of services that some business owners say go beyond just sending and receiving mail.

"There's a huge number of people who use it on a daily basis for normal transactions, money orders, to send money to friends or family, to pay bills, not just business," says Tim Lee.

If there were no post office downtown, for some, a 15 second walk could turn into a half-hour round trip.

"You can see [the post office] over my shoulder," says Travis Armstrong. "It's very very close, and that's one of the reasons that we're concerned about losing it."

That's not the only thing that worries Armstrong.

"Another reason," he says, "is the efforts that have been made to revitalize the downtown area and many more residents moving downtown."

Some believe the amount or people and businesses that are served by the downtown post office is too great to ignore.

"You've got banking down here," says Leigh. "You've got an extraordinary number of lawyers in downtown. You've got a justice center, you've got a federal courthouse here, but you've also got emerging businesses."

Travis Armstrong says he's also worried about the senior citizens in the area that have limited methods of transportation.

The US Postal Service will have a public meeting on January 31 to determine possible relocation sites for the branch.