The Queens Chronicle has learned that a cost-cutting, controversial plan to move the Bayside Post Office to its out-of-the-way annex has been dropped.
In July 2012, then-Congressman Gary Ackerman (D-Queens, Nassau) revealed that the U.S. Postal Service was planning to move the Bayside facility on 42nd Avenue to its annex on 216th Street. The congressman noted that the annex is in an isolated location on a dead-end street with almost no parking.
Last August, a community rally was held at the 42nd Avenue site with area elected officials and civic leaders urging the postal authorities to reconsider the move. All pointed out that the main facility was in the heart of the business district and a convenient location for all.
Andy Rothman, a member of Community Board 11, noted that the annex is on a street that deadends at the Long Island Rail Road tracks and that a neglected pedestrian bridge may be removed, further isolating the annex from the community.
Postal workers often get ticketed for double- parking their vehicles near the annex because of the lack of street parking. The site is across the street from the historic Lawrence Cemetery.
In contrast, the main Bayside facility is located a block from bustling Bell Boulevard, the heart of the business district, and there is parking outside the building.
On Monday, Connie Chirichello, USPS spokesperson for New York City and Long Island, told the Chronicle: “Although there may have been rumors in the past about Bayside station during the time we were in negotiations with the landlord about the lease of the retail space, I can tell you now that at this time, and into the near future, we are remaining at the present location. There is no discussion or relocation plans on the table about Bayside station. It is a moot subject.”
Chirichello added that should the Postal Service ever consider relocating retail operations from the Bayside Post Office “we would follow the applicable guidelines in notifying high ranking government officials.”
She added that any proposed change would be discussed with the community in a public setting. That would be followed by an input period from the public.
Questioned earlier, Bayside leaders had not been updated on the situation. Neither had Ackerman’s office, whose aide, Jordon Goldes, now works for his successor, Grace Meng.
CB 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece last year called the plan “shortsighted and bureaucratic garbage.”
The consolidation was originally expected to be implemented this year.