The announcement that the U.S. Postal Service has shelved previously announced plans to move operations out of the Federal Place location came Friday afternoon in a joint news release from Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and Rep. Ben Ray Luján.
It was greeted with “great joy” by Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales, calling the downtown post office “a vital piece of infrastructure in our community.”
Both city officials and local residents had raised concerns about the planned closure, partly because some residents and merchants would lose the convenience of a nearby post office, and partly because the closure might leave a large empty building and drain vitality from the area.
“Moving the post office would be devastating for downtown Santa Fe,” Udall said in the news release, adding that he thought “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.”
“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,” Luján said.
Gonzales, in his written statement, thanked the three members of Congress for their work on this issue, adding, “Without their efforts, we could have lost this valuable asset in our city.”
The U.S. Postal Service announced in 2012 that it was considering moving mail carrier operations out of the Joseph M. Montoya Federal Building to the Coronado post office on Pacheco Street.