Posters Protest Portsmouth Post Office Relocation
The face of Portsmouth's downtown continues to receive an overhaul, leaving some residents miffed.
There's a lot to be said for convenience. When shopping for groceries, you'd generally shop at the store closest to you. Present-day, it's more about who has the best store pickup, but you get the picture. Side note: I still love grocery shopping. Even as we mail fewer items through traditional mail, it's still great to have a post office in the neighborhood. One area is up in arms over the relocation of a local branch.
According to Seacoast Online, the United States Post Office tried to extend their lease in the McIntyre building to stay on Daniels Street in downtown Portsmouth. Unfortunately, city officials and developers said they couldn’t stay on site while the property was being redeveloped because of work that needed to be done. The new location is 4 miles away, on Heritage Avenue.
Some residents are not happy, and have put up signs including names of city councilors who voted to enter into the development agreement. Another reads “Lost, Much-Loved downtown Post Office, If Found Please Return to Daniel Street.”
Mark Brighton, the president of the Association of Portsmouth taxpayers told Seacoast Online "“Bad things happen when good people stand by and do nothing. These people need to own their votes.”