PLANT CITY — Postal officials want to close the downtown Plant City post office permanently due to structural damage in the nearly 80-year-old landmark.
The building's future has been uncertain since a routine inspection uncovered deterioration in the basement. The 16,000-square-foot building was closed to the public on June 27.
Now, the Postal Service is proposing permanent closure.
The building has a number of problems, including a leaky roof, water damage on the first floor and basement, and mold and mildew. It also has lead-based paint and asbestos.
Postal Service officials estimate it would cost about $1.4 million to make the repairs.
The Postal Service will save $91,961 over 10 years — most of it through reduced maintenance costs — by closing the building.
All postal services, including post office boxes, were moved in June to the Plant City Walden Woods Main Post Office, 2501 Walden Woods Drive.
Employees who worked at the downtown post office are working at the Walden Woods location, which opened in 1996.
The Postal Service is soliciting comments on the possible closure of the downtown post office through Oct. 31. The comments will be forwarded to local and area offices and finally to the Postal Service headquarters in Washington for a final decision, Postal Service spokeswoman Enola C. Rice said.
Comment forms are available at the Walden Woods location, she said.