The good news for Polytechnic neighborhood residents in Fort Worth could be bad news for people in Saginaw.
The U.S. Postal Service has taken the Polytechnic post office on East Rosedale Street off its list of facilities that could close as early as May and replaced it with the Saginaw branch at 101 Belmont St., postal officials said.
The post offices are among about 3,700 nationally, including 222 in Texas, that the Postal Service is considering closing because of shifting demand and falling revenue, said spokesman Sam Bolen, noting that the Postal Service receives no taxpayer funding.
Bolen said a review of business activities at the postal stations under consideration for closure revealed a decline in workload, which suggests that the branches may no longer be warranted and that customers could receive mail delivery and other retail services elsewhere.
"Just because you are on the list doesn't mean you will close. The decisions haven't been made; we look at each situation. We have already determined not to close some offices," Bolen said.
Other local branches on the list include the station in the Federal Building on Taylor Street in downtown Fort Worth, the Stockyards office on Ellis Avenue and the east Arlington branch on East Park Row Drive.
"The study that first came out did have Polytechnic on the list, but then they did another review and decided to put Saginaw on the list," said Kelly Pinto, customer relations coordinator for the Postal Service in Fort Worth.
The switch has caught Saginaw residents by surprise, said Pat Friar, a retired federal worker who was upset that only people with postal boxes were notified of a public meeting scheduled for Tuesday to discuss the possible changes.
"Saginaw has more than 20,000 people; I think we need a post office. There's always a line out the door, it's so busy," said Friar, who made copies of the notice to box holders and has been spreading the word at the Saginaw senior center and to her neighbors.
"I realize they have to do something, but everyone should have a voice," she said, noting that the next nearest postal station, on Mark IV Parkway in Fort Worth, is five miles away.
Pinto said the notice was sent to box holders because they would be the only ones directly affected by the closure.
"Box holders would have to go to that building to pick up their mail. People that have street delivery at their home, they would still get their mail," she said.
Rachel Perez, 81, got the news of the Saginaw switch from Friar, and she has also started handing out fliers about the public meeting.
"I'm hitting my neighborhood and giving them to friends," said Perez, who moved from Florida to Saginaw in 1995. "Back then, I thought I was moving into the country, but look at it now. It was so nice to go to the Saginaw post office; in Florida, you could wait for an hour in line."
She said she'll voice her concerns at the meeting.
"I'm a feisty old lady; I'm always a fighter, especially when it involves the community."