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Downtown Plant City post office’s future remains clouded

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Published:   |   Updated: August 12, 2013 at 08:00 AM

PLANT CITY - The fate of the downtown post office – closed since June 27 – is still unclear.

The post office, at 301 W. Reynolds St., was shut down after a routine inspection uncovered deterioration in the basement.

U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman Enola C. Rice said the agency is waiting for a report on the aging, 16,000 square-foot building before deciding what action to take next.

“We have to figure out what is needed,” Rice said.

The post office opened in 1935 and for many years was the only post office in Plant City.

In 2009, the Postal Service considered closing it to save money but the building remained open after a petition drive organized by the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce.

City Commissioner Mike Sparkman said that City Manager Greg Horwedel was writing a letter to U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross to seek his help in reopening the post office. A spokeswoman for the Republican congressman said the letter hadn’t been received as of last week.

All postal services available downtown, including post offices boxes, have been moved to the Walden Woods main post office, 2501 Walden Woods Drive.

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