Thursday, April 14, 2011
The post office, which closed due to structural damage last April, is once again open for regular business hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m to 4 p.m.
“It was a pain in the butt that it was closed for so long,” Julissa Shapiro said. “But it’s great that it’s open now!”
Darlene Reid, a spokesperson for the United States Postal Service (USPS), said an “Emergency Shutdown” was issued for the building last year due to the damaged ceiling. “It was leaking and pieces were falling down from the ceiling, which was a safety hazard for employees and customers,” Reid explains.
The closure was extremely inconvenient for residents. "It has just taken too long," Bronx resident Jill Rosenburg told the Norwood News in March, when USPS announced the post office would be open for business on March 14. When it didn’t, some residents worried if the building would ever open.(Many residents also complained the service at the mobile postal unit placed on the street in the branch's stead was inconsistent at best.)
This week, however, residents were excited to see the post office finally opened its doors. (USPS claims the additional month-long delay in reopening was due to last minute repairs and installations)
“It looks a little bit better,” customer Anthony Tachie added.
Others aren’t that convinced. “I don’t know why it took a year to give it a paint job,” Tara Nanton said. “That seems to be all they did.”
While the Mosholu branch has finally reopened, due to the federal agency's financial woes, a handful of other Bronx post offices have recently been shut down by the USPS and the borough's main distribution hub might be closed as well.