The large parking lot that surrounds the post office serving Atwater Village might soon start to feel a bit more crowded. The U.S. Postal Service has decided to stop leasing an adjacent parking lot that provides the majority of the spaces at the Atwater facility, known as the Griffith Post Office, in a budget cutting move. It’s the same reason that prompted the agency to give up an auxiliary parking lot at Echo Park’s Edendale post office last year.
“We must constantly look for ways to reduce our operating expenses while still maintaining service to our customers,” said spokeswoman Meiko S. Patton in an email. “This includes regularly reviewing all contracts and leases. In the case of these two postal facilities, we chose not to renew the leases to auxiliary parking lots.”
In the case of the Echo Park post office, the closure of a satellite parking with about two dozen spaces on Alvarado Street has left the station with about 10 public parking spaces.
The post office in Atwater on Glendale Boulevard will also be left with about 10 parking spaces directly in front of the building after the lease runs out on the lot immediately north of the post office. That property, which contains about 20 parking spaces, at the corner of Glendale Boulevard and LaClede Avenue is now for lease or sale at $860,000, according to LoopNet.com
When will those Atwater post office parking spaces disappear? Looks like pretty soon, according to Patton at the Postal Service. “The change will go into effect at the Griffith Post Office later this month.”