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Valdosta Mayor hopes downtown post office stays put

John Gayle John Gayle
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Valdosta's mayor said Wednesday he doesn't understand why the U.S. Postal Service wants to move the downtown post office from its current location.

The U.S. Postal Service is considering moving the post office out of the roughly 26,000 square foot federal building on Patterson Street to a smaller location in town.

The postal service had been taking comments from the public for about a month regarding the potential move, but January 6th was the last day to submit them.

Mayor John Gayle said a move doesn't make financial sense. "They're scalin' down just to have a retail counter and the post office boxes," Mayor Gayle pointed out. "I know they've looked at a couple of buildings downtown, one right across the street from the post office."

The city ultimately has no say in the postal service's decision. Mayor Gayle said he has not received word from the postal service as to when a final decision will be made.

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