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Albany Post Office to keep lease for another year

Mayor Hubbard, Property Mgr. Frances Krack, Co. Comm. Chr. Jeff Sinyard Mayor Hubbard, Property Mgr. Frances Krack, Co. Comm. Chr. Jeff Sinyard
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Wednesday morning, Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard announced the lease for the Post Office on West Broad Avenue will be extended for another year.

The postal service was in danger of permanently closing because the lease was set to expire within the month, but city and county leaders were able to get in contact with congressional leaders to extend the lease until fall of 2014.


The mayor was joined by Dougherty County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard and the building's manager Frances Krack.  They say maintaining services was essential to those in the downtown area, many of whom were unable to access other locations.

And now they're hoping the announcement can help the downtown community grow.
But they say they couldn't have done any of it without the help of Senator Saxby Chambliss, Senator Johnny Isakson, Congressman Sanford Bishop and cooperation with the Postal Service.

"We do understand that the United States Post Office has major issues with their budget, we do understand that they're having to cut certain situations.  We do think that in time they will see that this will be one that will fit into their overall plan for the long term," Sinyard said.

"We can better things and bring folks back into downtown and strengthen our downtown as we need it," Krack said.

The property manager says the building has more than 1,000  boxes there, 85% of which were leased at one time.

She says it's dropped down over the years, but says they're working to get those numbers back up. 

She says she wants to perform some upgrades to the lobby and some windows now, but is limited in what she can do because of the historic nature of the building. 

City and county leaders say they'll pursue their plan of installing a village post office next fall if the Postal Service chooses not to continue operations. 

 

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