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USPS will fix up post office

Community calls for historic building upgrade

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Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013 10:30 am

Amidst a call for revitalization, the United States Postal Service said it anticipates restoration work to start next week for the exterior Flushing Main Street Post Office at 41-65 Main St.

Visible deteriorating building conditions recently prompted Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) to urge the USPS to restore the building’s exterior.

In a recent letter to Frank Calabrese, the manager of the USPS’s Triboro District, Meng noted the peeling paint, stained steps, tarnished doors and garbage littering the building’s front.

“My constituents and I believe that neglect of the post office is unacceptable. It is a symbol of pride for the Flushing community and needs to continuously meet our basic standards for such a building. These are not difficult issues to fix, but the longer they are neglected the more they detract from the beauty and elegance of the Flushing Main Street Post Office,” said Meng.

In response the USPS said that it was committed to upholding the appearance of its facilities, especially historically significant postal venues.

The mailing facility, an example of Colonial Revival architecture, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. It has been part of the community since 1934 and is officially known as the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Post Office Building, in honor of the congressman who represented Flushing for 20 years (1962-1983).

Vincent Tomeo, president of the Maple Avenue Civic Association, originally addressed the issue to Community Board 7, which encompasses Flushing, and noted that the building stood as a symbol of pride for the community.

Marilyn Bitterman, district manager of CB 7, said that she was happy to hear that the exterior would be revitalized but said that the building’s owner should not have to wait to hear complaints to address it.

“It should be done automatically,” she said.

In a statement, USPS noted that they appreciated the neighborhood’s pride in the facility.

“The maintenance of our facilities is a source of community pride and also adds to the safety of pedestrians, customers and employees,” the USPS said.

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