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Downtown Redmond Post Office Closed—How Are You Coping?

The post office on Northeast 85th Street closed July 28, leaving many people searching for other places to mail packages and letters.

The downtown Redmond post office , but it appears many customers have not received the message.

A steady stream of cars filed into the parking lot outside the now-vacant location around 5 p.m. on a recent weekday afternoon, the drivers' faces showing an obvious sense of surprise and confusion.

Tom Trout had stopped by the post office on his way home from work expecting to drop a letter off in one of the facility's exterior mailboxes—only to find them all removed.

"There used to be three of them right over there," Trout said, gesturing toward the sidewalk. "I had no idea they were doing this."

The postal service it already owns in Southeast Redmond at 7241 185th Ave. N.E. Ernie Swanson, a spokesman for the postal service's Seattle district, said at the time that the move was largely due to financial reasons.

Meanwhile, many residents——have expressed concern that a city the size of Redmond no longer has a downtown post office.

Here is a list of some alternative post offices and mailing centers in or close to Redmond:

Name Address Phone 7241 185th Ave. NE 425-885-1057 8040 161st Ave. NE 425-869-1448 16625 Redmond Way 425-869-7447 16815 Redmond Way  425-882-1949 Bellevue (Crossroads) Post Office 15731 NE 8th St. 425-401-0892

Where do you plan to go to mail letters and packages? How has the downtown post office closure affected you? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

Steve Cotton August 03, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Plenty of parking at new site. Maybe a business that can make money rather than take up space could move in there--at least they'd show up on the tax rolls.
GeneL August 03, 2012 at 02:14 PM
A while back, the Post Office spokesperson said they would be looking for location(s) in downtown Redmond to place a "contract" p.o.. Bartell Drugs at Bridle Trails has operated under such an arrangement for numerous years. What is the status of the search for a Redmond location?
Redmond Mama August 03, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Going to Woodinville! There is never a line and I can do other errands there too.
Caitlin Moran August 03, 2012 at 03:06 PM
@GeneL, you are correct—that is what I was told awhile back. I'll have to check on the status again. Thanks for the reminder!
Margaret Rockenbeck August 03, 2012 at 05:34 PM
There are kinks to work out at new location: handicapped spaces are farthest ones from the entrances, drive-by boxes are on the street and are to vehicle's right, requiring a sole driver to unhook seatbelt and block traffic turning right from exit, and even without that there are some tie-ups caused by those waiting to make a left turn out of exit.
Caitlin Moran August 03, 2012 at 07:04 PM
That doesn't sound good, Margaret! Hopefully they straighten things out soon.
Ken James August 05, 2012 at 04:44 AM
This idea seems to have a lot of merit. The USPS cost would have to be much less than building/running a dedicated building or office for use as a limited use post office. They might even partner with one of the many private business in Redmond that ship via UPS and FedEx. Although, having it inside a retail establishment makes sense for both USPS and the retail store since the retail store would probably appreciate the traffic (sort of like the 'Red Box' model). Caitlin... looking forward to the update on this.
Caitlin Moran August 13, 2012 at 07:06 PM
@Ken, I just posted an update here: http://patch.com/A-wTc0 The short answer is northing yet, still looking.
JennyL January 22, 2013 at 09:01 PM
how can you not have a post office in Redmond! Stupid!!
RG RDMD August 02, 2013 at 09:50 PM
Oh this is just perfect. Not only do we have to risk a head-on collision due to the bike riders insisting on pedaling on the white line, but we not longer have a P.O. Packages don't all fit it the conveniently located drop boxes, so I use Bellevue's P.O. and while I'm there I shop at Bellevue Square. As a consequence, Redmond Town Center loses the tax revenue. So, does the UPSP own the bldg., are they going to sell or rent it? Or, is it just going to sit there until it needs to be demolished or remodeled? Didn't our property taxes help to keep this public service viable. I don't get it. Why don't you negotiate with UPS and have them take over the PO's services??? They actually do a much better job, anyway.

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