Van Horne Post Office Closed for Now

Customers line up to ship packages at the downtown Cedar Rapids Post Office on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. Monday was expected to be the busiest day of the year for the post offices nationwide, kicking off the busiest shipping week of the year leading up to Christmas. (Liz Martin/SourceMedia Group News)

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By Steve Gravelle

Van Horne residents will get their mail in Newhall for at least a few more weeks as the building's owner repairs their post office.

"We hate to inconvenience our customers, but safety is an issue," said Rich Watkins, U.S. Postal Service regional spokesman in Kansas City, Mo. "It appears as though the ceiling is crumbling."

Watkins said a sign directing Van Horne's 179 customers to Newhall was posted when the building was closed Nov. 28. He said letters will be mailed to Van Horne residents explaining the Postal Service's repair plans and schedule as soon as those plans are finalized with the building's owner.

"We’re working with the building’s owner right now," he said. "We need to iron those details out before we can get back to our customers. It’s going to take at least a few weeks just to get it back up to safety standards."

Watkins said about 75 percent of the nation's post offices are housed in leased buildings.

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