Richard Hancock, a real estate specialist from the U.S. Postal Service, gave official notice last Thursday night to the Township Committee that it is planning to end services and sell the downtown Clifton Avenue facility.
Hancock said the move is being made because of “dire financial times” for the postal service.
The 18,000-square-foot structure at 19 Clifton Ave., in the heart of downtown, was built 67 years ago.
Postal services, including all registered mail pickup, would be moved to the 1820 Swarthmore Ave. facility in the Lakewood Industrial Park, Hancock said.
Committee members voiced strong opposition to the plan as did about a dozen residents who spoke at the public portion of the committee meeting.
The committee voted on a resolution Thursday night to be forwarded to other governing bodies making it known that it considers the move by the postal service to be extremely inappropriate.
Hancock said he was going to take the comments from the committee back to the officials at the USPS for consideration.
Hancock said there would be a benefit for the town because the building could be sold and could be used as a taxable entity, providing income to the town.
He said the Postal Service was considering keeping some services in the downtown area if the building was sold.
Alice Kelsey, a resident of Lakewood, said the same argument was made by the post office in Freehold, where she lived previously, and the property never made it on to the tax rolls as it ended up being another building used by government.