LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — After months of complaints, it appears improvements are on the way for a post office in Gwinnett County.
City code inspectors in Lawrenceville said they found more than two dozen code violations on the outside of the downtown building alone.
Downtown Lawrenceville is changing drastically. A new hotel is going up, while the arts center and theater were just expanded with other projects underway.
But city leaders said that when you cross the street, you can see that the post office is not in the best of shape.
Customers of the post office complained to Channel 2′s Tony Thomas about slow service and the building’s small size but didn’t seem to notice any maintenance issues.
“I’m sure you can find code violations everywhere,” customer Darius Ash said.
But the area’s Congressional delegation and city leaders have noticed many problems. About 30 code violations to be specific. Everything from the lawn to the parking lot and the building itself.
“The post office is just rundown,” said U.S. Rep. Carolyn Boudreaux.
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Lawrenceville Mayor David Still said the feds have told the city to basically get lost.
“The attorneys have been very clear that we can’t touch them and to back off as to any code enforcement issues,” Still said.
But this week a congresswoman and senator got involved, writing a letter to the postmaster general. The local post office took notice and things are changing.
A spokesperson confirmed to Thomas that they have heard the concerns and are conducting a careful review.
“If it was a privately owned building, it would likely have to be shut down,” Boudreaux said.
With all the development underway, Still said ideally the post office would find a new home altogether, letting someone else use the prime space.
“They have not put any money into it for a long time,” Still said.
A spokesperson for the postal service said there is no date set for completion of the repairs but work will continue.
There is no indication the post office has any intention of relocating.
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