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Eads Street Post Office to Move in May

by ARLnow.com — March 23, 2011 at 3:59 pm 2,672 18 Comments

(Updated at 4:10 p.m.) The Post Office at S. Eads Street and 18th Street in Aurora Highlands will soon be moving to a new location.

The office will be moving into the ground floor of the Millennium at Metropolitan Park apartment building (above), across from the Costco on S. Fern Street in Pentagon City. The move was originally scheduled for late April, but we’re now told it will likely take place in May.

The Post Office will fill retail space that has been vacant for about a year, since the building was built. At last check, a space designated for a restaurant in the next-door Metropolitan at Pentagon City complex has still not been leased.

According to the 2050 Crystal City Sector Plan, the Eads Street Post Office site is slated for possible residential redevelopment.

  • Neathridge

    So what is going to happen at the old location?

    • http://www.arlnow.com ARLnow.com

      Just updated the story — it’s slated for possible residential redevelopment.

  • FREDTERP

    The air quality in the current PO location makes me ill? FREDTERP

  • Crystal Lite

    Sweet – you can barely make it down Fern as it is because of all the Costco traffic. Are they going to have parking spaces for the new post office?

  • Henry Spencer

    That sucks, the PO in the mall in Crystal City is awful; they don’t even have a stamp machine. The S Eads office has one of those machines where you can print labels to mail packages, etc so I can stop on the way home even if they’re closed. Plus, you can usually find a parking space.

  • JASDCA

    I find the parking at the Eads Street location to be horrible. (And don’t get me started on the slow staff, although I doubt that will change.) The new location won’t be much of an improvement, due to the Costco traffic, but I hope they have more parking.

  • Jan

    Not happy to hear this either! As someone who uses the self-serve machine quite often, during business hours and in the evening, this sounds like my days of easy access to the post office may be over. Right now I can run over, mail my packages and be home in 10 minutes. I don’t want to have the same dread of the post office lines as the average American. And parking sounds like it’s going to be non-existant at the new location. Not a good move.

    • South Arlington

      Isn’t there a ton of parking on Fern St. and also all around the pseudo-park that both the Metropolitan and Gramercy apartment buildings have just off of Fern? At the least there are ample metered spots. That Eads parking lot was a nightmare.

      • CW

        Ample metered spots occupied by Costco customers, you mean.

  • G Clifford Prout

    Post office? What I want to know is where I cant send a telegram?

    • Aaron

      Can’t today, the autogyro got stuck in Siam.

      Sadly, the self-serve machine at the Eads St. location was also out-of-order more often than not for me. Much better to just suck it up and deal with the inevitably long line at the Crystal Drive location than get my hopes up and then find myself sitting in a short but even slower line.

  • Arlwhenever

    Liveable, walkable, inaccessible continues.

  • CrystalMikey

    Not sure I’m a fan of this…especially since I believe the PO in the Underground is supposed to close.

  • Steve

    I’m all for the move, but I may be biased because it’s now literally across the street from my house and I don’t need to drive there (i.e. lack of parking is not an issue).

    • borf

      Can you smoke in the Post Office?

    • South Arlington

      Why would you have driven anyways then? The post office is moving literally 2 blocks. Were the 2 blocks make or break for you?

      • borf

        He means parking isn’t an issue like it is for others who might oppose the move.

  • Crystall

    I just found out that they are moving mid May 2011

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