Kew Gardens residents can ship their worries away with no return label.
After months of concern that the United States Postal Service (USPS) would move elsewhere once its lease expired, Congresswoman Grace Meng announced that the USPS renewed its lease after all.
Meng inquired about the facility’s future in March, when residents seemed uneasy about its existence. The elected official was recently informed by post officials that the branch, located at 83-30 Austin St., renewed its lease under a new five-year agreement with the property landlord.
The good news was delivered by Meng on Thursday as she revealed that post officials signed the lease on Wednesday after it had expired on Sunday, July 31. The new expiration date will be July 31, 2021.
“The renewal of this lease is a relief for residents in Kew Gardens who had concerns about the future of this post office,” Meng said. “These residents said loud and clear that they wanted this facility to remain in their community, and I’m pleased to deliver the good news. I’m glad that those who live in the area will be able to continue to take advantage of the convenience and services that this postal facility provides.”
The Kew Gardens post office, which placed its stamp on Austin Street in 1951, offers a variety of services including international shipping, post office boxes, pickup options, priority mail, money orders and more. The facility will continue its retail hours of operation from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.