It's Official: La Jolla Post Office Is Moving

Even a special bronze plaque won’t save the La Jolla Post Office on Wall Street

By Megan Tevrizian and R. Stickney
|  Saturday, Mar 23, 2013  |  Updated 5:58 AM PDT
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The La Jolla Post Office will shut its doors Friday afternoon.

The La Jolla Post Office will shut its doors Friday afternoon.

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The La Jolla Post Office will soon be moved the U.S. Postal Service announced Friday.

The day of the move and the new destination have yet to be determined.

Residents who were upset about the proposed move from 1140 Wall Street banded together a year ago and launched a “Save The La Jolla Post Office” campaign asking for contributions and letters to public officials.

La Jolla residents collected hundreds of signatures and submitted them for review.

In January, the site was added to the list of the National Register of Historic Places. However, the building has not been added to the list of local historic sites according to the La Jolla Light.

Such listings are important for those in the community who want to preserve the 78-year-old building and a mural inside the post office the paper reported.

Earlier this month, Newly-elected U.S. Rep. Scott Peters along with U.S. Rep. Susan Davis introduced a bill proposing that La Jolla residents be allowed to purchase the property.

The U.S. Postal Service has said the existing La Jolla Main Post Office uses a fraction of the space in the building. The relocation to a smaller building would raise some much-needed capital for the cash-strapped USPS.

Heath Fox, Executive Director of the La Jolla Historical Society isn't giving up. Locals have 15 days to appeal the decision and Fox wants members of the community to contact their elected representatives here in San Diego and Washington, D.C.

“Let them know their feelings about the post office and keeping it operating here on Wall Street where it’s been since the post office was built in the 1930’s,” Fox said.

The USPS has said it would consider leasing the space back from the building's new owners. The USPS spokesperson told the La Jolla Light it could take several months to evaluate offers from potential buyers.

There will be no change in La Jolla Post Office Box numbers or ZIP Codes.

The USPS has reported net losses of over $25 billion in the past five years.

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