USPS cancels plans to close downtown Santa Fe PO

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján welcomed news that the U.S. Postal Service has agreed to shelve a proposal to move out of downtown Santa Fe and instead keep the post office at its current site on Federal Place.

Udall, Heinrich and Luján have been instrumental in working to keep the downtown post office open after questions were raised of the Postal Service and the General Services Agency (GSA) about whether a move out of the building would save money and meet the needs of the community. Located across the street from City Hall, the Federal Place building is an important anchor for downtown.

“Moving the post office would be devastating for downtown Santa Fe. While it is critical to ensure the taxpayers are getting the best value for their dollar, the Postal Service never made a valid case to the federal delegation or the city of Santa Fe for why it needed to move out of its current building,” said Udall, who chairs the Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees the GSA and Postal Service budgets. “This is very good news for downtown Santa Fe and the Postal Service workers who raised legitimate concerns about whether the proposed alternatives would have been appropriate.”

“I’m pleased the U.S. Postal Service heeded our call to keep the downtown Santa Fe Post Office at its current location,” Heinrich said. “Post offices are critical as they provide essential services to residents and small businesses in Santa Fe and across New Mexico, and they help preserve the unique fabric of our communities. This is great news for Santa Fe, and I look forward to working with the U.S. Postal Service to ensure quality mail services are available to all New Mexicans.”

“The Post Office is an important establishment in downtown Santa Fe and moving the location would have been detrimental to the community,” Luján said. “I am thrilled that we were able to come together to voice our concerns about this important issue and that it will remain at the current site on Federal Place.”